John Taylor and his family were out on the water of Wilson Inlet in Denmark, Western Australia, on Thursday, January 21, when they spotted a kangaroo paddling far from the shore.
Video shared by Taylor shows the roo swimming in the distance before the boat gets closer and he grabs the animal.
“Only in Australia can you go on a fishing charter and catch a kangaroo!” Taylor told Storyful, describing the swimming marsupial as a “strange sight”.
He said he identified it as a western grey kangaroo.
“We noticed that the roo was tiring and its head was going underwater as it struggled to swim,” he said. “We then decided that we needed to help it…I was able to lean over to take hold of its leg and body…We slowly made our way towards the shoreline, gently dragging, and assisting the exhausted animal to the shallows.”
Taylor added: “It certainly made for one of the most interesting catches that I have made on my fishing charters. It is, in fact, a first. The children were talking about it for the rest of the afternoon and was the highlight of their holiday, even for these Western Australian kids.” Credit: John Taylor via Storyful