Echidna finds himself in a prickle while swimming in waters off Queensland's ...

This little echidna found himself in a prickle while taking a swim this week.

Three tourists who hired a boat while visiting Bribie Island off the southeast Queensland coastline couldn't believe their luck when they came across the creature while fishing on Wednesday.

A long way from shore, and looking very lost, the echidna hitched a boat ride back to the island, much to the surprise of the Bribie Island Boat Charters operators.

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The echidna found himself halfway between Bribie Island and the mainland this week

The echidna found himself halfway between Bribie Island and the mainland this week

'It was most definitely an unusual discovery,' operator Robyn Tomkins told Daily Mail Australia.

'What we think has happened is that the echidna was taking a swim to get rid of a tick he had when a strong tide flushed him out halfway between here and the mainland.'

Worn out from his big adventure, the echidna was very grateful to see his rescuers.

The echidna was taken to Australia Zoo to have a tick removed and has since returned to Bribie Island

The echidna was taken to Australia Zoo to have a tick removed and has since returned to Bribie Island

The Bribie Island visitors who hired the boat and found him in the middle of the sea placed the echidna (pictured) in a bin and took him back to shore 

The Bribie Island visitors who

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