Many skeptics claim that the prophet Jonah could not have been swallowed by a whale. The whole story, they think, was impossible. But was it? Perhaps an incident that happened recently will give them a reason to believe.
Wildlife photographer and experienced diver, Rainer Schimpf was swimming off the coast of Port Elizabeth Harbour, South Africa and filming a sardine run when suddenly everything turned dark. He felt pressure on his hip and he knew immediately what had happened. He had been snatched up into the mouth of a mammoth Bryde’s whale. Bryde’s whales measure 45 to 55 feet long and can weigh up to 30 tons. A Bryde’s whale simply opens its mouth to feed, catching up anything in its path. That’s what happened to Schimpf.
Schimpf held his breath, hoping the whale would not dive deeper and release him into the depths of the ocean. After a couple of seconds, the whale released the clench of its jaws on Schimpf and he was washed out and rose to the surface of the water. On a nearby boat were Schimpf’s wife and another photographer who filmed the entire event. In an interview shortly after, Schimpf commented: “I was just holding myself and bracing myself and calming myself down not to be panicked, and it worked out. He [the whale] spat me out and everybody’s happy.” Schimpf then added, “I showed (the photo) to my son, and he was impressed. And you’ll never guess what his name is — Jonas.”
A swimmer snatched by a whale. Then spat out by the whale. He lives to tell the story. Sound familiar?
Watch it as it happened and listen to the man’s testimony. There’s an interesting “whisper” of a biblical connection at the end.
Read the Story of Jonah: Jonah Overview and Outline
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