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

Sorry to Baleen On You: Whale Almost Swallows South African Diving Tour Operator

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. "I was spat out by a whale". 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.

"Then, the next moment it got dark and I felt some pressure when I instantly knew, a whale had grabbed me", Schimpf recalls. It is quite the story, although, he stated."Gee, it's fairly the story to inform ... I knew that a whale had come and taken me and I instinctively held my breath, assuming that it would dive down again and spit me out somewhere in the depths of the Indian Ocean".

A South African conservationist Rainer Schimpf has narrowly survived after being caught in the jaws of a whale.

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

He told MyPE that he "felt the pressure increase around the waist, which is when I guess the whale realised his mistake as he turned sideways, opened his mouth slightly to release me and I was washed out, together with what felt like tons of water".

Paul Manafort faces 25 years in prison at sentencing Thursday
The Republican political operative, 69, was found guilty of multiple counts of bank and tax fraud by a federal court a year ago . He also admitted his guilt in the 10 counts in Virginia on which the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.


"Nothing can actually prepare you for the event where you end up inside the whale, and then it's pure instinct", he added.

The whale that nearly swallowed Schimpf was a Bryde's Whale, which can grow up to 55 feet long and weigh up to 30 tons.

"We swam back to the vessel, climbed up and checked if I and the camera were OK - no broken bones, no cracked ribs - so all was good", he said. "I'm sure it was a surprise for the whale as well", he told ABC News.

"Bryde's whales are named for Johan Bryde, a Norwegian who built the first whaling stations in South Africa in the early 20th century", the agency says.

The diver is still keen to get back into the water.

Related News:

  • Female Marvel superhero tops weekend box office

    Female Marvel superhero tops weekend box office

    Last week's number one movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World dropped to second place, taking in another $14.7 million. Android & IOS users, download our mobile app for faster than ever Bollywood & Box Office updates! We will see soon.
    Should we spring forward?

    Should we spring forward?

    The study found positive effects in a number of industries but didn't go so far as to recommend making the change. The vote comes as more than two dozen states are considering measures to avoid the twice-yearly clock change.
    Kelly defend him against sexual abuse allegations

    Kelly defend him against sexual abuse allegations

    King then said the allegations against Kelly go beyond rumors, noting the decades of accusations of sexual misconduct and assault. Clary claimed her parents encouraged her to take sexually suggestive photos and videos with Kelly as an insurance policy.
  • Cabrera Bello sets pace with 65 at Bay Hill

    Cabrera Bello sets pace with 65 at Bay Hill

    World number 34 Cabrera Bello is seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour , though he has won three times on the European Tour. With an iron in hand, he hit his approach shot and held his finish as if he liked it, but that was not the case.
    Judge Lets Father Represent Aborted Baby in Wrongful Death Suit

    Judge Lets Father Represent Aborted Baby in Wrongful Death Suit

    He said that his girlfriend proceeded with the abortion despite him begging her to keep the baby, as WAAY 31 reported last month. This is the first lawsuit in which an aborted baby has been given legal rights.
    USA  trade deficit jumps to 10-year high in 2018

    USA trade deficit jumps to 10-year high in 2018

    We were at the tail end of the Great Recession then, and, because the economy was bad, Americans bought less stuff from overseas . US officials also announced this week they planned to investigate Japanese titanium exports for possible tariff implementation.
  • Oakland Raiders: Is Antonio Brown worth a first round pick?

    Oakland Raiders: Is Antonio Brown worth a first round pick?

    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has indicated that the Steelers will have plenty of offers on the table for Brown before that deadline. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in late February the team would only deal Brown for a significant package in return.
    Captain Marvel ‘Changed My Life’ Claims Star Brie Larson

    Captain Marvel ‘Changed My Life’ Claims Star Brie Larson

    She actually has an inner glow, bright light shining out from her hands. "It is surreal that the film is finally happening". This is the first Marvel movie since the death last November of Stan Lee, the founding father of Marvel Comics .
    Peter Andre DEFENDS Michael Jackson following sex abuse claims

    Peter Andre DEFENDS Michael Jackson following sex abuse claims

    Others held signs that read " Michael Jackson Innocent" and "More records than any other artist, son, husband, father". That includes the commercial radio broadcaster MediaWorks, CNN reports .
  • Wide receiver DeSean Jackson returning to the Philadelphia Eagles

    Wide receiver DeSean Jackson returning to the Philadelphia Eagles

    In the trade, the Bucs sent Jackson and a 2020 seventh-round pick in exchange for the Eagles sixth-round pick in 2019. The Eagles lacked a deep threat in 2018 after they lost Mike Wallace for the season in Week 2.
    It’s official! Jennifer Lopez, A-Rod are engaged

    It’s official! Jennifer Lopez, A-Rod are engaged

    The couple first started dating in 2017, making their pairing public when they first appeared together at that year's Met Gala . Rodriguez posted a photo on Twitter of the couple holding hands with the caption "She said yes".
    Trump to visit Alabama after deadly tornadoes

    Trump to visit Alabama after deadly tornadoes

    Still and video images showed trees that had been snapped in two, debris-strewn roads and wrecked houses in the wake of the storm. What Is an EF4 Tornado? Tornadoes are measured on the Enhanced Fujita Scale , which is abbreviated to EF when labeling storms.


Most liked

Nvidia outbids Intel to buy Israel's Mellanox in data center push
Nvidia has confirmed that its bid for Mellanox , which stands at $6.9 billion, has been accepted, leaving Intel in the cold. Both Bloomberg and Reuters write that Nvidia will hand over the huge sum-the most it's ever paid for a purchase-later today.

Walton -- Lonzo may not return to Lakers this year
He suffered the Grade 3 sprain at Houston on January 19, then he had a bone bruise that slowed his recovery. With Ball and Ingram now out and James on a minutes restriction, there is a lot of playing time available.

Michael Cohen Slams Trump’s Women’s Day Tweet By Bringing Up Stormy Daniels
His lawyers totally contradicted him. "His lawyers said that they went to my lawyers and asked for pardons", Trump said. The president's attorneys were noncommittal during the conversation with Cohen's lawyer, the people said.

CBI to ask Interpol, Britain for Nirav Modi's immediate arrest
Several reporters were seen trying to speak to him, but Modi constantly refuses to take their questions with a "no comment" retort.

Charlotte Russe to close all remaining stores
It maintained more than 500 stores primarily in malls and outlet centers across the U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico. In early February, the clothing retailer announced it voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy .

Crew Dragon departs ISS and returns to Earth
The Atlantic Ocean landing is the first in almost 50 years for a capsule that was designed for humans, NASA says. SpaceX's recovery ship headed out to pull the Dragon onto its "nest" and bring it back to shore for inspection.

Baby of ISIS Bride Shamima Begum 'has died'
After the Bangladeshi government claimed she was not a Bangladeshi citizen, she said she had no desire to go to the country. The development comes after British officials ruled out any effort inside Syria to extract Shamima and her child.

18 injured, 5 critical in Jammu grenade attack
Police sources said that maintaining a tight vigil along this road with such a huge rush of traffic is highly challenging. On the night of December 28 , suspected terrorists hurled a grenade at a police station adjoining the bus stand.

It's 'Captain Marvel' vs. the trolls on Rotten Tomatoes
We could chalk it up to a freak accident caused by the mixing of Tesseract energy and Kree tech, but that's not very satisfying. But that doesn't settle anything! The scene in question has Captain Marvel at the Avengers headquarters already.

LeBron Passes Jordan for Fourth on NBA's All-time Scoring List
Furthermore, it's unlikely that the four-time MVP will play in any more back-to-back games down the stretch. With last night's loss against the Nuggets, the Lakers are now completely out of playoff contention.

Captain Marvel: Female-led superhero film labelled 'perfunctory' by critics
Larson herself has expressed a desire to use her growing clout to help diversity in the movie industry. Many of us are diehard Marvel fans and many of us have dedicated our lives to covering these movies.

LeBron passes Jordan in NBA's all-time scoring list
It's a big deal now because the Lakers are in free fall. "Throughout it all, keep your head high, and you keep pushing forward". He reportedly spoke with team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka about the incident after the game.

Ocasio-Cortez Fundraises Off AIPAC, Says They’re ‘Coming After’ Her
Some suggested the complaint could indicate hypocrisy from Democrats who have railed against "dark money" in politics . The stated objective was to help elect progressive candidates to Congress.

Missing Indian-origin woman's body found in suitcase in Australia
The last images police have of Dr Reddy show her at McDonald's on George Street in Sydney's CBD at around 2:15am on Sunday. The day before, her former boyfriend died in a head-on collision involving a vehicle and a truck on a highway 340km away.

Brie Larson Is a Superheroine Breaking Free From a Life Following Orders
Lynch said the film marked a "really special moment to be able to represent women and people of color in such a positive light". On Tuesday, Rotten Tomatoes tweeted that Captain Marvel was sitting at an 87 percent Tomatometer score, based on 93 reviews.