Photographer Almost Swallowed by Whale

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Wildlife photographer Rainer Schimpf was in the water, filming a sardine run off the coast of South Africa, when a Bryde's whale accidentally caught him in its mouth.

The whale quickly realized Schimpf was not a sardine and loosened its grip on him, which allowed Schimpf to resurface.

Schimpf recalls the incident in this video, which shows the photos of the event.

You can also read about it in this Science Alert story, which explains that Bryne whales have an esophagus that is too small to swallow a human.

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