Watch: Diver nearly swallowed by whale caught on camera

2014-05-21 17:14

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Whale almost swallows diver

2014-05-21 16:51

While filming the annual sardine run just off the coast of Port Elizabeth, a diver almost gets in the way of a Bryde's whale's feeding session. Check out this video. WATCH

Cape Town - Round about now the Indian Ocean, off the southern coast of Africa, is teeming with marine life in a phenomenon said to rival East Africa's great Wildebeest migration.

The draw card?

May through to July is the breeding season for the Southern African pilchard Sardinops sagax in the event more commonly known as the Sardine Run.

As the sardines spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa, their sheer numbers create a feeding frenzy along the coastline second to none.

And one lucky diver, Rainer Schimpf, attempting to document the event almost got swallowed up whole by a 15m Bryde's Whale.
Watch the video to see what happened to him after the whale breached

It's hard to tell whether it was by pure instinct or just dumb luck that the giant mammal swerved at the last moment to avoid smacking directly into him.

Wikipedia states for the annual migration to take place, the water temperature has to drop below 21 °C. In 2003, the sardines failed to 'run' for the third time in 23 years. While 2005 saw a good run, 2006 marked another non-run.
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