Whales are lovely animals and are generally serene, so attacks on humans and additionally death is very uncommon. All things considered, a close encounter experience with one of these huge warm blooded creatures is still quite frightening, as one remote ocean diver discovered.
Rainier Schimpf, a deep sea diver, was swimming just off the coast of Port Elizabeth Harbour, east of Cape Town when he was picked up in the mouth of a whale. The terrifying moment was captured on film as he and a group were documenting a sardine run.
Schimpf was sucked into the mouth of a whale which can reach up to 40-55 feet in length and is able to dive down to a depth of more than 300 meters. Schimpf, managed to escape the large mammal’s mouth though, surviving what could have been a potentially fatal situation.
Just before he was swallowed, he was filming a shark. Then suddenly his surroundings grew dark and he felt the massive beast grab his body. In an interview, he said he felt the pressure on his hip. He went on to say how there was no time for fear and instinct just took over him. He decided to hold his breath as he thought the whale was going to swim down and release him underwater. Luckily, this wasn’t the case. According to his colleagues on the boats, who could do nothing but observe, a white spray came up out of the water before the whale emerged and spat Schimpf back out. He was then able to return to the boat. Fortunately, he was unharmed.
Possibly one of the scariest and strangest experiences anyone has had. Schimpf is unbelievably lucky that he wasn’t harmed. If that were us, we might consider not going back to the sea for quite a long time. What do you think?