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  • Something is lurking in the water.

  • Do you see it?

  • Close calls like this

  • happen with whales more often

  • than you might expect.

  • And although the people in these videos

  • got away relatively unscathed,

  • there's no denying that they were just meters

  • away from being a whale's lunch.

  • If you've never seen a whale up close,

  • it's hard to comprehend just how monstrous

  • they can really be.

  • To put it in perspective, the blue whale

  • is the largest animal on the planet!

  • Its tongue alone weighs as

  • much as an elephant, and

  • it can fit anywhere between 400 and 500 people in its mouth.

  • But we wouldn't have to worry about one of these guys

  • swallowing us anytime soon,

  • because their anatomy makes it nearly impossible.

  • Instead, we should be more concerned

  • with their smaller cousins, sperm whales.

  • In 1891,

  • reports emerged that a man had been swallowed by one of these whales,

  • and although he lived to tell the tale,

  • he would never be the same again...

  • According to the story,

  • James Bartley was swallowed when a whale attacked his ship,

  • and he wasn't retrieved until the following day.

  • When the crew found and killed the whale,

  • they quickly brought it on board their ship and cut it open,

  • revealing an unconscious but very alive James Bartley.

  • His face and arms were bleached white,

  • and he was blind,

  • all thanks to the stomach acids of the whale.

  • However, as the years went by,

  • people started poking holes in this story

  • and questioned whether James had really been swallowed by a whale.

  • I mean, wouldn't the stomach acids do more damage than just bleaching his skin?

  • Well, with the power of science, we took a closer look,

  • and we quickly discovered that if you get swallowed by a whale,

  • coming back out with shiny white skin would be the least of your worries.

  • Okay, so the first thing you'd have to worry about

  • once you were swallowed would be getting shredded to pieces

  • by the sperm whale's impressive set of teeth.

  • Each tooth is approximately 20 centimeters long,

  • that's about the length of an average chef knife,

  • and whales have anywhere from 40 to 50 of these.

  • Let's say you're lucky enough to make it past all of them,

  • next you'd begin your descent down the throat.

  • Not only would it be dark and slimy down here,

  • but you'd also find it hard to breathe

  • due to the lack of oxygen and an increase in methane gas.

  • As the whale's throat muscles constricted in and out to help force you down,

  • you'd also start to feel hydrochloric acid beginning to eat away at your skin.

  • I know what you're thinking,

  • we just got into this whale, and

  • James Bartley's story already seems pretty fishy.

  • Well, you're not wrong, but what would be the fun in stopping now???

  • So, next you'd be dropped into the first,

  • and largest, of the whale's four stomachs.

  • You'd probably be in there for a while, but

  • the bright side is you might have some light

  • in the form of a bioluminescent squid or two being noshed on after your arrival;

  • sperm whales love the neon flying squid.

  • You'd better enjoy this brief light show, because

  • after this you'd just be tossed from one stomach to the next,

  • with the acids breaking down almost all of your body

  • until you're just a bunch of bones

  • being unceremoniously ejected from the whale's anus.

  • So yeah, it's pretty safe to say that

  • there's no way you could be swallowed whole by a whale

  • and live to tell the tale.

  • Sorry, James. You may have been able to fool people in the 1890s,

  • but we're on to you now.

  • As vast as they are and as monstrous as they might seem to us,

  • whales actually have no interest in eating humans.

  • And if they could talk, they would probably make a point of telling us that.

  • But that's a topic for another WHAT IF.

Something is lurking in the water.


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如果你被鯨魚吞了怎麼辦? (What If You Were Swallowed by a Whale?)

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    林宜悉 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日