Video: Man Swallowed By Whale. Crazy.

Off the South African coast, one man was grabbed by the mouth of a 45 ft Bryde's whale.

Researcher Rainer Schimpf was follwing a mass migration of fish, dolphins and whales when he accidently ended up in the mouth of a large whale...and lived to tell the tale.

"We were very astonished that out of nowhere this whale came up,"he toldSky News. "I was busy concentrating on the sharks because you want to know if the shark is in front of you or behind you, left or right, so we were very focused on the sharks and their behavior -- then suddenly it got dark."

As the whale inhaled the sardines, it also captured Schimpf in its huge mouth. Schimpf relied on his training and experience and held his breath, expecting the whale to dive to the bottom of the ocean.

He knew that he was too large for the whale to eat, and figured it would spit him out at some point. Luckily, the whale realized it inhaled Schimpf and immediately opened its mouth to spit him out.

"I was just holding myself and bracing myself and calming myself down not to be panicked, and it worked out,''he toldTODAY. "He spat me out, and everybody's happy."