Emerging from the depth at a frightening speed a huge whale comes within feet of swallowing this camera man.
Tour operator Rainer Schimpf had been documenting the sardine run off the coast of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Sharks, dolphins and birds all gathered to feed in the area as the tiny fish migrate up the countries east coast.
Without warning a brydes whale emerged beneath Rainer, it’s mouth gaping wide open. Luckily the giant mammal swerved at the last moment to avoid swallowing him but he was still sent reeling as it breached.
As the whale resumed its feast, Rainer made a hasty retreat but not before an inquisitive shark gave him one last freight.