A South African Diver survived after being engulfed by a massive whale with no serious injuries!
“Suddenly it got dark”
Rainer Schimpf, 51, and his company were at the coast of Port Elizabeth, South African when this terrifying yet unforgettable experienced happened. They were snorkeling and filming the annual sardine run when suddenly a whale appeared out of nowhere and engulfed Rainer.
“We were very astonished that out of nowhere this whale came up. I was busy concentrating on the sharks because you want to know if the shark is in front of you or behind you, left or right, so we were very focused on the sharks and their behavior, then suddenly it got dark,” Rainer stated in an interview.
The experienced diver instantly knows that a whale grabbed him. He then immediately thought about a way to escape the situation.
“I felt some pressure on my hip….and I instantly knew a whale had grabbed me. There is no time for fear in a situation like that…Nothing can prepare you for the event when you end up inside the whale. It’s pure instinct,” he added.
Rainer was able to survive the ordeal thanks to the sensitivity of the massive marine mammal.
“So my next thought was that the whale may take me down into the ocean and release me further down, so I instantly held my breath,” Rainer continued. “Obviously he realized I was not what he wanted to eat so he spat me out again.”
Rainer’s team documented the whole breathtaking scenario! They also emphasized that what just happened is not an attack but just a mistake of the whale. A whale is not a man-eater and they are a very sensitive marine creature.
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