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Rainer Schimpf Was Spat Out By a Bryde’s Whale

Most interesting in the strange news today is an event from last month in South Africa: a dive tour operator named Rainer Schimpf was nearly swallowed by a whale. Photos show Schimpf swept head first into a Bryde’s whale’s mouth while the animal was feeding on sardines. Luckly, he was gently ejected undamaged.

Here’s a YouTube video with more detail on this wild and unlikely ocean experience:


Below are a few more details from news outlets:

“There was no time for fear or any emotion,” he told The Telegraph. “I knew instantly what had happened. I knew that a whale had come and taken me and I instinctively held my breath, assuming that it would dive down again and spit me out somewhere in the depths of the Indian Ocean.”

He’s lucky it didn’t ― Bryde’s whales, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, can dive for five to 15 minutes & can reach depths of up to 1,000 feet.

More: HuffPost

Rainer Schimpf says that being grabbed by a 15- metre whale made him realise that humans are only tiny in the scheme of the Earth.

More: SkyNews

Schimpf survived without a bruise on his body, and was back in the water minutes later, according to NBC’s TODAY Show.

More: FirstCoastNews

A diver survived a biblical experience at sea after being scooped up into the mouth of a whale.

More: TheTimes

Quite a story. A Bryde’s (pronounced “brewdus” according to this) whale has no teeth. As far as I could tell from browsing some whale biology sites, being a baleen whale, a Bryde’s whale would have a small esophagus, so you aren’t going to make it into the stomach of this kind of whale, but it could hold you in its huge mouth for a while.


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