The story of Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale and lived to tell of it, occurred, but not exactly as told. During pole shifts, massive tidal waves heave whales onto the land, dashing them in the process. Debris of all types - living, dead, or inanimate - is heaped and tossed together. A man who would survive such a process would need protection, and one so lucky as to be tossed into the gaping mouth of a dead whale may find himself buffered from trauma, a survivor. Of course this did not occur under water, as the man would have been drowned. The whale was being washed ashore, its gullet open to the air. Such a situation would not arise in the present day, but during a cataclysm is possible.