Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Jonah and the whale: Video!

Jonah and the Whale
Photo by A Whistling Train

Here's a link to some previous posts on Jonah and the whale.  But here's some update from PetaPixel via Sunny Hamilton (my nephew's wife). I don't present this to argue for a literal interpretation of the Jonah story.  But it is compelling evidence that indeed a whale might swallow a man whole!
If you’re afraid of swimming in the ocean due to a fear of the unknown below you, you might want to skip over the post. A group of divers off the coast of California got a scare recently when they had an extremely close call with large humpback whales. They almost found themselves in the mouths of the feeding whales, and multiple cameras were there to capture what happened (note: the video below contains some strong language).

The two divers were floating in the water near Avila Beach in southern California. They had cameras strapped to their heads, and were capturing underwater footage while whales fed on fish nearby. Other group members were standing on a nearby boat with cameras as well.
Footage captured by one of the diver’s head-cams shows that the water was dark, murky, and quiet when suddenly a huge school of fish rumbled to the surface and began swirling around the divers. What happened next was crazy: two humpback whales broke through the surface of the water in unison just feet away from the divers, chomping down on large mouthfuls of fish:



A still frame from the video showing how close the whales came to getting a
mouthful of divers!

Divers Capture What Its Like to Almost Get Eaten by a Massive Whale mouthful


Adult humpback whales weigh roughly 79,000 pounds and measure up to 52 feet long. Here’s an illustration showing the size of one when placed next to a human diver:
Divers Capture What Its Like to Almost Get Eaten by a Massive Whale whalehuman
The crazy encounter resulted in some amazing footage and still frames, but the divers probably weren’t in much real danger: humpback whales have a diet consisting of tiny krill and small fish — they don’t feed on humans.





 

   
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