A South African tour operator has nearly been swallowed by a whale.
His name is Rainer Schimpf - though news outlets are calling him a "real life Jonah" - and he was shooting a sardine run off the coast of Port Elizabeth.
Schimpf realised that he was in the whale's mouth, and thought that the whale was about to dive back down, dragging him.However, the experienced diver, who had been working as a diving operator for 15 years, was able to down and extricate himself from the whale's mouth.
Bryde's whales are known to dive up to 1,000 feet, which is why he held his breath.
"Nothing can prepare you for when you end up inside the whale", he said, adding that, "pure instinct" was required in order to survive. "I was trying to get a shot of a shark going through the bait ball", he says.
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Rainer Schimpf was briefly swallowed by the whale. "I instantly knew a whale had grabbed me". Bryde's whales apparently only feed on large fish and plankton. Hair-like strands called baleen hanging from the whale's jaw trap tiny animals inside their mouths.
"It was an interesting experience for me, but surely nothing I want to do again", he said.
It's hard to tell who was more surprised by the situation: the human or the whale.
Schimpf, an award-winning conservationist with 20-years experience, said the ordeal lasted "matter of seconds" - rather than the three nights Jonah spent in a whale's stomach, according to the Bible story. This was no attack, it was not the fault of the whale, and they are really sensitive.
Despite their massive size, Bryde's whales are not maneaters.
Meanwhile, a pod of killer whales with distinctive round faces has fuelled speculation among scientists of a new species.