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Catch of the Day RooDavid Jarmon’s regular Sunday fishing trip in Western Port Bay took a strange twist when his catch of the day was a kangaroo.

On Sunday 5 October David and his 14 year old daughter were 500m from shore and hadn’t even anchored yet when he caught sight of the unusual figure swimming near the boat. At first David didn’t know what it was and it was his daughter who identified it as a kangaroo.


“As soon as it saw us it swam towards the boat I swear it looked like it was going to say ‘Let me on!’” David explained. “I didn’t know what to do so I called Wildlife Victoria.”


The Emergency Response Operator at Wildlife Victoria gave tips on what David could do while they waited for the Water Police. David wrapped a harness around the kangaroo so it could stay afloat but as soon as he saw it flailing he knew the roo couldn’t wait much longer.


Another man on a boat nearby saw the commotion and assisted David in getting the kangaroo onto the boat. Once in they covered him with a jacket to keep him calm but the roo was too exhausted to move. They made it safely to shore where the roo could have a proper rest after his unexpected trip out to sea. 


We’re so glad that David knew to call Wildlife Victoria. You never know when you might find yourself in the midst of a wildlife emergency so be sure to add the Wildlife Victoria Emergency response number to your contacts, 13 000 94535, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.


Thanks David on behalf of everyone at Wildlife Victoria. I think we can safely say you are a reel expert who can tackle anything!