PE Diver Narrowly Avoids Being Swallowed By Whale

PE Diver Narrowly Avoids Being Swallowed By Whale

PE Diver Narrowly Avoids Being Swallowed By Whale

A whale in South Africa tried to swallow a tour operator during a feeding frenzy, and he lived to tell about it.

A Bryde's whale, to be specific, took Rainer Schimpf, 51, into its mouth as he was in the water off the coast of the South African town of Port Elizabeth last month, the Guardian reports. "I used to be spat out by a whale", he stated.

A real-life Moby Dick situation!

Bryde's whales are known to dive up to 1,000 feet, which is why he held his breath.

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"I became the inside man - suddenly, inside of a whale", he said. All three have been swallowed by whales.

"I could not imagine how the whale had grabbed me or was holding me, but I instantly knew it had grabbed me because of the pressure on my hip".

The terrifying incident was captured on camera by photographer Heinz Toperczer, who was part of Schimpf's team who attempting to record the sardine run for educational purposes.

They typically grow to more than 15m in length and feed on a variety of fish and plankton.

Fortunately for Rainer Schimpf, 51, his ordeal was of less biblical proportions when he too found himself trapped in the jaws of a huge whale.

"As they come up with their mouths open, they can't really see what is in front of them, and I guess the whale thought it was a dolphin", said fellow dive instructor Claudia Weber-Gebert in the video.

Their diet consists of krill, copepods, red crabs, shrimp, as well as a variety of schooling fishes, such as herring, mackerel, pilchards, and sardines, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Schimpf said the whole experience showed him just how small humans are in the world.

Meanwhile, a pod of killer whales with distinctive round faces has fuelled speculation among scientists of a new species.

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