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Whale almost swallows dive tour operator

March 9, 2019 | Comment icon 11 comments



Bryde's whales feed on a variety of fish and sea creatures. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Aucklandwhale
Rainer Schimpf had been filming a sardine run when he inadvertently ended up in the mouth of a huge whale.
The 51-year-old had been snorkelling off Port Elizabeth Harbor, South Africa when a Bryde's whale - which had been feeding on the fish he was filming - accidentally tried to swallow him whole.

"I knew instantly what had happened," said Schimpf. "There was no time for fear or any emotion."

His wife and colleague, who were on a nearby boat, could do nothing but watch in horror.
"I felt enormous pressure around my waist which is when I guess the whale realized his mistake," said Schimpf. "As the the whale turned sideways, he opened his mouth slightly to release me and I was washed out, together with what felt like tons of water, of his mouth, while the whale himself was swallowing all the fish in his throat."

Remarkably, despite his ordeal, Schimpf was back in the water again a few minutes later.

"On our return in the evening Heinz checked his images and it was only once I saw them that I realized just how lucky I was to be looking at them," he said.

"Seconds decide if you become prey, seconds decide your survival and seconds are all that counts."



Source: Telegraph | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by DebDandelion 3 years ago
Jona....oh Jona...well I am sorry...but its a little funny
Comment icon #3 Posted by AllPossible 3 years ago
That's one lucky guy. Im surprised he didn't crush him
Comment icon #4 Posted by Opus Magnus 3 years ago
Barely touching Jonah and the whale.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hawken 3 years ago
I've seen a documentary where a whale swallowed a gannet in a school of sardines.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
lol, probably after 1 second he was tasting bad...
Comment icon #7 Posted by openozy 3 years ago
Could have been Pinocchio under an alias.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Amanda Evans 3 years ago
He was having a... whale of a time
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye 3 years ago
Perhaps the fellow looked like a giant jelly fish to the whale, to to go on a diet ~
Comment icon #10 Posted by Habitat 3 years ago
I have seen this species well inshore, in the surf zone, chasing schools of anchovy. Not a common happening, though.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sabbath 3 years ago
Maybe the whale thought he was a Schrimpf...


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