Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Diver Describes Miraculous Escape After Being Almost Swallowed by Whale

Sorry to Baleen On You: Whale Almost Swallows South African Diving Tour Operator Diver survives being grabbed by whale | News
Leonard Rios | 12 March, 2019, 05:58

A diver in South Africa escaped from a whale of a story that some have exclusively heard about within the Bible.

The diver was swimming off the coast of South Africa when suddenly a Bryde's whale had him in its jaws.

However, Schmipf seems in high spirits about the incident. So, once I felt something has grabbed me on the hip, I knew instantly it was whale so I instantly held my breath. "The next moment, I felt that the whale was turning and the pressure was released", Schimpf recalled.

A real-life Moby Dick situation!

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.

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Rainer Schimpf, 51, was snorkeling off the coast of Port Elizabeth.

"The whole event when the whale grabbed me took about two seconds", Mr Schimpf told Sky News in the UK. "I was collateral damage and I'm sure it was as frightening for the whale as it was for me".

Fortunately, nearly as soon as the unfortunate gulp began, Schimpf said, the whale released its jaw, allowing him to slip free to the surface.

Heinz Toperczer, another photographer on a nearby boat was able to capture the fantastic footage of the terrifying encounter that has since been posted to Youtube. They have an average length of 12 metres and feed on fish, crustaceans and octopus, not people.

Schimpf expressed his surprise and astonishment over finding the mammal out of nowhere, as whales would usually be spotted by the divers before they made an attempt to get close. "They also feast on bigger crustaceans such as crabs and shrimps, as well as a variety of small schooling fish", Whales.org says. "It was an interesting experience, but certainly nothing I want to do again".

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

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