Diver almost swallowed by whale off South Africa coast can’t wait to get back in the water

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A diver who was almost swallowed whole by a whale said the experience hasn’t put him off going back into the water.

South African man Rainer Schimpf was diving in waters off Port Elizabeth last month when a Bryde’s whale got a little too close for comfort.

The 51-year-old was with a group photographing sharks when he said the water began to churn around him and everything went dark.

The giant mammal was feeding on fish when it suddenly picked the diver up and put him in his mouth.

“I instantly knew it was a whale because there was a pressure on my hip which increased slightly to a…

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