A lobster diver says he thought he was going to die after getting caught in a humpback whale’s mouth.
Michael Packard recalled how he had jumped off his boat close to the Cape Cod coast in Massachusetts on Friday morning and was about 45ft down when he “felt this big bump, and all the things went darkish”.
At first he believed he had been attacked by a shark, that are frequent in that space, however then it dawned on him he couldn’t really feel any enamel.
“Then I realised, oh my God, I am in a whale’s mouth… and he is making an attempt to swallow me,” he advised WBZ-TV Information.
Mr Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, stated he was pondering “that is it, I am gonna die”.
DETAILS: The lobster diver who was briefly gulped into the mouth of a whale off Cape Cod has defined what occurred: “A humpback whale tried to eat me.” https://t.co/pX3JzEtuAY
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He thought of his kids and spouse and feared he wouldn’t be getting out.
Regardless of being inside for about half a minute he was capable of breathe as a result of he nonetheless had his respiratory gear.
Mr Packard recalled: “Impulsively he went as much as the floor and simply erupted and began shaking his head. I simply acquired thrown within the air and landed within the water.
“I used to be free and I simply floated there. I could not consider. . . I am right here to inform it.”
He ended up being rescued by his crewmate within the boat, and was later handled in Cape Cod Hospital.
On Fb, he posted a press release saying: “Hello everybody. I simply need to make clear what occurred to me at the moment. I used to be lobster diving and a humpback whale tried to eat me.
“I used to be in his closed mouth for about 30 to 40 seconds earlier than he rose to the floor and spit me out. I’m very bruised up however haven’t any damaged bones.
“I need to thank the Provincetown rescue squad for his or her caring and assist.”
His sister, Cynthia Packard, initially advised the Cape Cod Instances that her brother broke a leg, however he stated later that his legs have been simply bruised.
Charles ‘Stormy’ Mayo, a senior scientist and whale knowledgeable on the Centre for Coastal Research in Provincetown, advised the newspaper that such human-whale encounters are uncommon.
Humpbacks aren’t aggressive and Mr Mayo thinks it was an unintended encounter whereas the whale was feeding.