"It got dark and I felt some pressure on my hip," Schimpf said. "Once I felt the pressure I instantly knew a whale had gripped me."
The whale was a Bryde's whale, who can grow up to 55 feet long and weigh 90,000 pounds.
"There is no time for fear in a situation like that," Schimpf said. He somehow managed to retain the knowledge that whales like this are gentle giants, and that the whale whose mouth he was currently in actually meant him no harm.
At the same time, there was little Schimpf could do.
"The whale [was] considerably larger than Rainer and he realized that resistance would be futile," Alan Straton, a spokesperson with AB Marine, told The Dodo.
Schimpf just had to wait for the whale to realize he wasn't a large fish after all and release him.