Well, the only whale that COULD swallow a human being in a sperm whale,
which is the only whale with a gullet wide enough to do the job. All the
baleen whales (hu,pback, fin, blue etc) have huge mouths but very small
throats - just a few inches wide (they eat small things, so they dont need
a larger throat).
Whether a whale ever has done this is not known. There were occasional
stories from whaling ships in olden times of men being swallowed by sperm
whales, but I dont know if any of these were really true.
-- Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D. Large Whale Biology Program Northeast Fisheries Science Center 166 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543
Tel (508) 495-2316 Fax (508) 495-2066
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