Michael Packard is a Massachusetts lobster diver was swallowed whole during his second dive of the day yesterday.
Packard told the Cape Cod Times he and his crewmate took their boat, the Ja’n J, off Herring Cove on Friday morning where conditions were excellent, with water visibility at about 20ft. He said that after jumping into the water, he
“felt this huge bump and everything went dark.
I was completely inside [the whale]; it was completely black, 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.”
He thought he was inside a great white shark, but when he didn’t feel any teeth, he figured it was something else. Then the whale begin to rock its head to side to side. It seemed uninterested in a human dinner.
Within 30 to 40 seconds, Packard says the whale surfaced and spat him out in front of an astonished crewman.
“I just got thrown in the air and landed in the water. I was free and I just floated there. I couldn’t believe… I’m here to tell it.”
He suffered only minor scrapes and cuts and a dislocated knee.
Experts say that the whale was likely a calf who made a mistake, as whales aren’t usually aggressive toward humans.
(Photos, Packard Family, Wikimedia Commons; via Cape Cod Times)