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Humpback whales can’t swallow a human. Here’s why.

16/06/2021 12:38 PM | Click to read full article

Though a humpback could easily fit a human inside its huge mouth—which can reach around 10 feet—it’s scientifically impossible for the whale to swallow a human once inside, according to Nicola Hodgins of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, a U.K. nonprofit.

The idea of whales swallowing humans has long been a part of mythology—so much so that many people believe it to be true.