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Has there ever been a mortal individual that has lived in a whale's stomach like tales proclaim?

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  • 9 years ago
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    It is not possible. If we assume that the poor human survived the physical trauma of swallowing, he would drown. Assuming he was in full scuba gear with a full tank and he and the tank survived the physical trauma of swallowing, the stomach acid would eat through the air line and he'd drown (at least let's hope) or the stomach acid would kill him in hours of agony (like I said, let's hope he drowned).

    All the worse if said animal usually ate vertebrates (Orca, sharks, etc)...

  • 9 years ago

    There are, however, several documented accounts of people who have been swallowed by whales and large fish, and have lived to tell about it, even after several days. One species of fish, the "Sea Dog" (Carcharodon carcharias), is found in all warm seas, and can reach a length of 40 feet. In the year 1758, a sailor fell overboard from a boat in the Mediterranean and was swallowed by a sea dog. The captain of the vessel ordered a cannon on the deck to be fired at the fish, which vomited up the sailor alive and unharmed after it was struck.1

    Sperm whales can swallow lumps of food eight feet in diameter. Entire skeletons of sharks up to sixteen feet in length have been found in them. In February of 1891, James Bartley, a sailor aboard the whaling ship "Star of the East," was swallowed by a whale in the vicinity of the Falkland Islands. He was within the whale for more than forty-eight hours, and after he was found inside the whale, which had been harpooned and brought aboard the whaling ship, it took him two weeks to recover from the ordeal. Sir Francis Fox wrote as follows about this:

    Bartley affirms that he would probably have lived inside his house of flesh until he starved, for he lost his senses through fright and not from lack of air. He remembers the sensation of being thrown out of the boat into the sea. . . . He was then encompassed by a great darkness and he felt he was slipping along a smooth passage of some sort that seemed to move and carry him forward. The sensation lasted but a short time and then he realized he had more room. He felt about him and his hands came in contact with a yielding slimy substance that seemed to shrink from his touch. It finally dawned upon him that he had been swallowed by the whale . . . he could easily breathe; but the heat was terrible. It was not of a scorching, stifling nature, but it seemed to open the pores of his skin and draw out his vitality. . . . His skin where it was exposed to the action of the gastric juice . . . face, neck and hands were bleached to a deadly whiteness and took on the appearance of parchment . . . (and) never recovered its natural appearance . . . (though otherwise) his health did not seem affected by his terrible experience.2

    Another individual, Marshall Jenkins, was swallowed by a Sperm Whale in the South Seas. The Boston Post Boy, October 14, 1771, reported that an Edgartown (U.S.A.) whaling vessel struck a whale, and that after the whale had bitten one of the boats in two, it took Jenkins in its mouth and went under the water with him. After returning to the surface, the whale vomited him on to the wreckage of the broken boat, "much bruised but not seriously injured."3

    (Jonah 1:17) 17 Now Jehovah appointed a great fish to swallow Jo′nah, so that Jo′nah came to be in the inward parts of the fish three days and three nights.

    *** Rbi8 Jonah 1:17 ***

    “Fish.” Heb., dagh; Gr., ke′tei, “sea monster; huge fish”; Lat., pi′scem.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago


    And the story in the bible doesn't refer to a whale -- it says "big fish." Whales are not fish.

    Same thing, though -- nobody has ever done it.


  • 9 years ago

    If God can create the universe, don't you think it would be easy for him to make a fish to hold a man inside.

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  • 9 years ago

    Well, JONAH, surely you've heard> God doesn't owe it to any one of us to replicate a miracle. You either chose to believe or you don't. Doesn't make it any less true... oh ye of little faith! <sigh!>

  • Aminda
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    Yes. His name was Jonah.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Of course not

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It was a fish.


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