Port Elizabeth diver nearly swallowed by whale

Before the sardines travel up the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal coastline during the annual sardine run they have to gather somewhere in preparation for the migration.  That somewhere is off the coast of Port Elizabeth.  Local marine film maker and dive operator, Rainer Schimpf of Expert Tours is an expert on the sardine run and takes a lot of foreign visitors and film crews out to experience it off the PE coastline.  Rainer has taken some extraordinary footage of the sardine bait balls and the sharks, dolphins, whales, penguins and gannets feeding, but few of it gets close to the encounter he had with a Brydes Whale recently.

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  1. Jo

    OMW that's a close encounter! So the sardines are already in the PE area even they only get to the Wild and South Coast of Natal in July ?

  2. Max-e

    He must still be shaking from fright