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Man nearly swallowed by a Bryde’s Whale

In South Africa, masses of predatory fish, mammals and birds are attracted year after year by the great sardine migration, everyone wants to share in the feast. It is also a great event for scientists and diving photographers, as extraordinary action scenes take place, you can take wonderful pictures of a wide variety of species.

But it is also dangerous. They dive with free lungs, and in the incredible cavalcade it is impossible to know where an unexpected blow or bite comes from: in the whirlwind of predators of many hundreds of kilograms and even several tons, one is extremely fragile.

Rainer Schimpf, director of Dive Expert Tours, could personally experience what it’s like to mingle with sardines in front of the nose of a hungry 20-ton tropical whale: