In 2019, while photographing a sardine run in South Africa, Rainer Schimpf was attacked by a 15-ton Bryde’s whale and trapped in the animal’s mouth. He survived and now shares his incredible story.


2:00 – Rainer explains what a sardine run is, and how dangerous it can be.

5:30 – Rainer describes the moment he realized he was trapped in a whale’s mouth.

6:30 – How he stayed calm during the ordeal.

9:21 – How Rainer survived the attack.

12:15 – Ten minutes later, he was right back in the water.

15:30 – How Rainer turned his love for the ocean into a thrilling career.

18:30 – Rainer’s story about encountering a white shark.