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Whale nearly eats diver off South Africa coast

12 March, 2019, 05:59 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • 039;I instantly knew a whale had grabbed me,’ man spit up by one says

For nearly fifteen years, South African diver Rainer Schimpf has been documenting an extraordinary ecological phenomenon called the "sardine run", when billions of fish spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa, bringing with them a plethora of hungry predators seeking after an easy meal. "Obviously he realized I was not what he wanted to eat so he spat me out again". Schimpf was out with a gaggle of divers taking pictures of sharks within the space so the enormous mammal's look was a little bit of shock. "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. It is quite the story, although, he stated."Gee, it's fairly the story to inform ..."

Rainer continued: "I held my breath because I thought he is going to dive down and release me much deeper in the ocean, it was pitch black inside".

Members of his crew filmed the ordeal, filming Schimpf's entire torso caught in the animal's jaws.

"There is not time for fear in a situation like that, you'll have to use your instinct", Schimpf said.

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Schimpf, who has worked as a dive operator for over 15 years, said he was in the water with two others for just a matter of minutes before the whale appeared. "I'm sure it was a surprise for the whale as well", he told ABC News.

Bryde's whales, meanwhile, can reach lengths of up to 55 feet and weigh up to 30 tons. "And once I felt the pressure, I instantly knew that a whale had grabbed me", he recalled.

The 51-year-old was with a group photographing sharks when the water began to churn around him and everything went dark.

"It happened very fast". Schimpf said the trio returned to the shore in the evening, adding: "Heinz checked his images and it was only once I saw them that I realised just how lucky I was to be looking at them".



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