Massachusetts man says he was swallowed whole by humpback whale and survived
A Massachusetts lobster diver says he was swallowed whole by a humpback whale on Friday and survived.
56-year-old Michael Packard suffered only minor injuries after an almost Biblical encounter with the whale. The incident took place near Provincestown, according to Cape Code Times. He was released from the hospital hours later.
Packard says he was 45-feet deep in the water for lobsters when he felt a sudden shove in the back and then found himself in complete darkness. At first he thought he was swallowed by a shark but he felt no harms from teeth.
"I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth."
Veteran Cape Cod lobster diver Michael Packard was swallowed whole by a humpback whale and lives to tell the story… pic.twitter.com/CQcCP2fdVs— Rex Chapman???????? (@RexChapman) June 12, 2021
"I was completely inside (the whale); it was completely black," he added. "I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m dead. All I could think of was my boys, they’re 12 and 15 years old."
The whale itself felt that there was something wrong with what he had just swallowed when Packard started to move and shake the animal’s head in a hopeful afford to save himself. The whale then surfaced and spat the man out.
Packard was pulled up from the water and brought back to the shore by his mate. Packard told the News station he believes he was inside the whale’s mouth for about 30 minutes.
He had only bruises and no bones broken.