Lobster diver survives inside a gigantic whale’s mouth
Late last weeek, a commercial lobster diver was searching for his regular chores and lobster off the coast of Provincetown, about 35 feet underwater. The diver had a very different expereiecne and as he states feared that he was going to die. Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet was caught in the mouth of humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod on Friday 11, June 2021.
He told the WBZ-TV after he was released from Cape Cod Hospital that he was about 45 feet (14 meters) deep in the waters off Provincetown when “all of a sudden I felt this huge bump, and everything went dark.” He added, “Then I realized, oh my God, I’m in a whale’s mouth … and he’s trying to swallow me, and I thought to myself OK, this is it — I’m finally — I’m gonna die.” Michael says that all he could remember was his family, his wife and children.
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Earlier he thought that it could have been a common shark attack and didnt realise what exactly happened, but sooner he felt darkness and couldnt feel any teeth and wasnt feeling any kind of pain. Michael realised that he was not attacked by a shark but a whale. He estimates he was in the whale’s mouth for about 30 seconds, but continued to breathe because he still had his breathing apparatus in. Then the whale surfaced, shook its head, and spit him out. He was rescued by his crewmate in the surface boat.
His sister, Cynthia Packard, originally told the Cape Cod Times that her brother broke a leg, but he said later that his legs are just bruised. Charles “Stormy” Mayo, a senior scientist and whale expert at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, told the newspaper that such human-whale encounters are rare. Humpbacks are not aggressive and Mayo thinks it was an accidental encounter while the whale was feeding on fish, likely sand lance.
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