Burnie fisherman gets up close with a humpback

Burnie fisherman John Austin was enjoying a day out on the water on Monday morning when an unexpected visitor popped by. 

BARNACLES AND ALL: The humpback whale swam directly beneath Mr Austin's boat. Picture: Supplied.

BARNACLES AND ALL: The humpback whale swam directly beneath Mr Austin's boat. Picture: Supplied.

Directly beneath his boat swam a humpback whale.

In six metres of water, Mr Austin was busily doing some mental arithmetic as he nervously watched the whale to see if it would swim upwards.

As truly tech savvy fisherman, Mr Austin snapped a couple of seconds of footage.

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