Yonah ben Amitta's beginnings were quite unusual.
According to Pirke d' Rabbi Eliezer (chapter 10),
Yonah was the son of the widow in whose house
Eliahu HaNavi lived during a famine. This was the same
child who died and was revived by Eliahu HaNavi (I
Melachim 17:9- 24). Yonah was a disciple of Eliahu and,
afterwards, of Elisha and was the prophet for the
dynasty of (Jehu (ll Melachim 9:1- 10, 10:30, and 14:25).
He lived for 120 years.
The Ramban (Bereshis 6:19) notes that when
resorting to miracles , HaShem employs an economy of
means and causes miracles to happen as close as possible
to the natural order. In the entire Sefer Yonah, many
of the events are an intermingling of overt miracles with
Babich, H. (2004-2005). Yonah: Man against Nature. Derech HaTeva, 9, 38-42.
*This is constructed from limited available data and may be imprecise.