Rainer Schimpf, fifty one, was diving off the coast of South Africa with a documentary crew in February when the breaching whale reached the surface, its mouth large open.
“It received darkish and I felt some strain on my hip,” Schimpf defined. “As soon as I felt the strain I immediately knew a whale had gripped me.”
A wetsuit was the only thing between Schimpf’s flesh and the jaws of the Bryde’s whale, which may develop to be 50 ft long and weigh 20 tons.
“It occurred extremely fast. From being on the surface and observing one thing, I turned the within man and out of the blue was inside a whale,” he added. “I’m positive it was a shock for the whale as properly.”
Schimpf stated he immediately held his breath, anticipating that the whale would dive under the surface. The whale then turned and opened its mouth, liberating Schimpf.
Though the expertise could seem harrowing, Schimpf managed to crack a joke about his encounter: “I don’t assume I had a whale of a time. I now have the inside information of a whale which no one else has.”
Witness Claudia Weber-Gebert was adamant in mentioning that the encounter was not an assault. She guessed that the whale possible thought Schimpf was a dolphin.
“Whales aren’t man-eaters,” she stated. “It was not the fault of the whale. They’re very sensitive…mild giants. It was just an accident.”