Whale Tries to ‘Eat’ Tour Operator in South Africa, Photos Show

12 March, 2019, 06:01 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Bryde’s Whale

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

"It happened very fast". "I don't think I had a whale of a time ..."

"Nothing can actually prepare you for the event when you end up inside the whale and then its pure instinct", Mr Schimpf said.

Rainer returned to his boat unscathed and feeling closer to whales than ever before. "I instantly knew it was a whale because there was a pressure on my hip which increased slightly to a point where it stopped, " he said.

"This is the most different looking killer whale I've ever seen", said Robert Pitman, an NOAA marine ecologist in San Diego.

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Schimpf heads the company Dive Expert Tours, which organises diving excursions for amateurs and professionals.

The 51-year-old was with a group photographing sharks when the water began to churn around him and everything went dark. Schimpf told Today that he knew straight away what was going on.

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"Whales are no man-eaters", witness Claudia Weber-Gebert told Barcroft Animals in an interview. "They also feast on bigger crustaceans such as crabs and shrimps, as well as a variety of small schooling fish", Whales.org says.

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.

Keen to get the best shots, he plunged into the centre of a swirling bait ball - but when the sea suddenly churned, the group realised that something unusual was happening.

The video of the dive has gone viral, garnering more than 1.5 million views on social media in a couple of days.

"It is quite the tale to tell".

"Obviously he realised I was not what he wanted to eat so he spat me out again".

Bryde's whales can reach lengths of 16 metres.

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