Whale Almost Swallows Diver By Accident (VIDEO)

05/21/2014 08:45 am 08:45:14 | Updated May 21, 2014

When Rainer Schimpf was diving off the coast of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to watch the annual sardine run, he came across an unexpected visitor -- a 50-foot-long, 40-ton Bryde's whale.

The sardine run attracts a variety of predators, including sharks and birds, but Schimpf was not prepared for the whale who was attempting to go for a shoal of fish nearby. Schimpf was right in the line of attack, but luckily the giant swerved just at the last minute to avoid the diver.

Schimpf fortunately escaped with his life, and a whale of a tale.

Watch the video above to see the close encounter.

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