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WATCH: Tour operator nearly swallowed by whale, escapes unscathed

During a sardine run, shoals of sardines migrate along the Western Cape, and northward to the city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.

A PE Tour operator narrowly escaped with his life after nearly being swallowed by a whale, during a sardine run.

During a sardine run, shoals of sardines migrate along the Western Cape, and northward to the city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.

51-year-old Rainer Schimpf, who takes tourists whale watching in Algoa Bay, was filmed with his legs hanging out of a Bryde’s whale’s mouth.

Schimpf’s wife, Silke, watched in horror as her husband’s head and torso disappeared into the whale’s mouth as he was filming a bait ball of sardines in February.

“It happened extremely fast, from an observer, I suddenly became an inside man, inside a whale,” Schimpf said.

After a few seconds the whale washed out out the wetsuited snorkeler.

After the ordeal Schimpf concluded that: “I now have inside knowledge of a whale which nobody else has.”

Watch video below:

More: timeslive

 

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