Lucky James Bartley. Fell into the sea and was swallowed by the very whale they were battling. Not only that, he managed to survive intact, and, although bleached, and despite having a mental breakdown for the first two weeks, managed to resume normal life. I wonder if he ever went out whaling again?
I wonder what the gastric juices of a whale would to the delicate bits of a human? You know, respiratory tract, eyes etc. His brief sojourn to the interior bleached his skin permanently, but otherwise his health was unaffected. Hmmmm…. I never realized a whales insides were so airy either. Perhaps the innards were pierced by the harpoon?
Despite the seriousness with which the many reports of this story from 1891 are written, it is hardly surprising that I am having trouble with it. Please feel free to share some facts that show me I am wrong in doubting it though!