New England man was swallowed by a whale and told the story alive
In an extremely rare encounter, a New England lobster diver was devoured by a huge humpback whale on Friday morning.
56-year-old Michael Packard suffered soft tissue injuries due to the incident and was not seriously injured. He was discharged from Cape Cod Hospital after receiving treatment. Cape Cod Times report.
Packard said he had his second dive of the day at Herring Bay Beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts, before 8 am on Friday.
He dived into the water and fished for lobsters from the bottom of the sea, which he had done countless times before. Only this time, Packard was swallowed by a humpback whale.
“Suddenly, I felt a huge thrust, and then I knew it was completely black,” Packard told reporters era.
He said that at first he thought he was inside a great white shark, but when he couldn’t feel any teeth, he knew he was swallowed by a whale.
“I’m totally inside; totally black,” Packard says“I thought to myself,’I can’t leave here. I’m done, I’m dead. All I can think of is my children-they are 12 and 15 years old.”
He struggled inside the whale, saying that he could feel it shaking his head, and he was released after about 30 to 40 seconds.
“I just lay floating on the water and saw his tail, and then he fell off again, and I thought,’Gosh, I got rid of that, I survived,'” he Said to NBC10.
Humpback whales can grow to more than 50 feet in length and weigh more than 40 tons, according to Oceania. They are usually peaceful creatures and will not be aggressive towards humans.
This was probably an accidental encounter, not a deliberate attack by a whale, sayingJooke Robbins, director of humpback whale research at the Provincetown Coastal Research Center.
Robbins said the esophagus of toothless whales is too small to swallow humans, but they can hold things in their mouths before spitting them out.