South African dive tour operator Rainer Schimpf recalled almost being swallowed by a whale after he was mistakenly swept into its jaws during a sardine feeding frenzy last month.
Whale encounters don't come more up close and personal than the one experienced by Port Elizabeth-based dive tour operator Rainer Schimpf. I noticed when I felt pressure on the hip.
He told Barcroft TV: "I was trying to get a shot of a shark going through the bait ball and then the next moment it got dark and I felt some pressure when I instantly knew, a whale had grabbed me". "I don't think I had a whale of a time, but I now have the inside knowledge of a whale which nobody else has". " Grim but ultimately true".
Unlike the biblical story of Jonah, Schimpf didn't end up in the whale's belly but was able to swim away after being released.
A huge whale, known as a Bryde's whale, emerged from under the water and swallowed Schimpf along with a shoal of sardines.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Schimpf described how fortunate he was to have survived the incident. "There is no time for fear, you have to use your instincts", he said.Читайте также: Status Yellow - Snow-ice warning issued by MET Eireann
Mr Schimpf speaks about what happened while he was inside the whale's mouth.
"Whales are not man-eaters".
The video was posted on YouTube on Friday and had garnered more than 150 000 views by midday Saturday. "Obviously he realized I was not what he wanted to eat so he spat me out again".
This representative photo shows a mother Bryde's whale (front) and her calf feeding on anchovies in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Samut Sakhon province, November 20, 2016.
He's lucky it didn't ― Bryde's whales, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, can dive for five to 15 minutes and can reach depths of up to 1,000 feet.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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