The first reported event of a whale swallowing someone and later spitting him out was in the Old Testament of the Bible. I am sure we have all heard the story of Jonah being swallowed by a whale. Well, let me tell you, he wasn't the last. You don't believe me? Well I will give you a couple of examples.
This was reported by the Boston Post back in 1771. It was about an American harpooner named Jenkins. A sperm whale bit his whaling boat in half with one bite and swallowed poor Jenkins. I guess he wasn't to the whale's liking cause it spit him right out. I wonder if ole Jenkins changed his profession.
Then a hundred and twenty years later, 35 year old James Bartley, who was a seamen on the whaler Star of the East, was swallowed by a sperm whale. The whale was badly wounded by harpoons and was found dead floating on the surface the next day. The crew hoisted it aboard and sliced it open to find Barley in its stomach. He was unconscious but till breathing. He remembered seeing "a big ribbed canopy of light pink and white and a wall of soft flesh surrounding him and hemming in it". Then he found himself inside a water-filled sack among fish, some of which were still alive.
Just in case you questioned Jonah's story, the other two should prove that it is very possible to survive being swallowed by a whale. I will just take their word for it and try to stay in shallow water. I don't care to be swallowed. Now, you all have a great day today and don't get swallowed by a whale, you hear?