By Meera Dolasia
sourse: Dogo News
Article date: March 13, 2019
In February 2019, Rainer Schimpf and his team set off to film a famous south African sardine run.
This annual migration of billions and billions of Sardinos-sagax attracts many predators especially Cape-Ganet and common dolphins. These 2 species work together to herd the bigger fish away from the little ones creating also known as bait balls were other predators (even whales) come and feast on. Rainer wanted to get the best footage of the amazing natural phenomenon. So Rainer jumped into the water into a big swirling ball of fish. Suddenly the sea started churning, Heinz Toperzer (one of Rainer’s team mates) noticed something was strange almost immediately! Suddenly… a whale came out of the cluster of fish and grabbed Rainer! While Heinz was filming this horrifying sight Rainer was struggling to free and to survive in the whale’s mouth, but luckily the whale noticed its mistake that Rainer wasn’t a sardine! The whale moved slightly and opened a gap in its mouth for Rainer to get free. Rainer was still holding onto his camera when he swam up to his team as they helped him regain his strength!