Can a Human Live Inside a Whale?


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Any human being unfortunate enough to be swallowed by a whale would likely die within seconds or minutes, by either drowning, crushing or asphyxiation. Interestingly, large plankton eaters tend to have an esophagus that is far too narrow to accommodate human-size prey.

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Toothed whales, according to Smithsonian Magazine, routinely swallow large prey and could easily swallow a human body. This would likely happen underwater, making drowning likely, and the crush force of the animal's powerful throat muscles might also kill a human. Finally, sperm whales have a four-chambered stomach that is rich in toxic methane and extremely poor in oxygen. Human beings couldn't survive in this environment for any significant length of time.

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