“For me, absolute truth, absolute history is Holy Scripture. Once came  to Metropolitan Philaret a glamorous society lady who said (she also referred to natural sciences): ‘How can you believe that Jonas was swallowed by a whale? We know that a whale eats plankton, and that it’s impossible for one to swallow a man!’ But Metropolitan Philaret answered, ‘Even if it were written in the Bible that Jonah swallowed the whale, I would believe it.’”

(Metropolitan Tikhon Shevkunov in   pravoslavie.ru)