A commercial lobster diver caught in the mouth of a humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod on Friday morning said he thought he was dying.
Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, told WBZ-TV after his release from Cape Cod Hospital that he was about 45 feet (14 meters) deep in the water outside Provincetown when “I suddenly felt big bump And everything went dark”.
He thought he was attacked by a shark. which are commonly found in the waters area But then he realized that he couldn̵7;t feel any teeth. And he didn’t feel any pain.
“And then I realized, oh my god, I was in a whale’s mouth … and it was trying to swallow me,” he said, “and I thought to myself, OK, this is it – I’m finally going to die.” to his wife and children
He estimated that he was in the whale’s mouth for about 30 seconds, but continued to breathe because he still had a ventilator.
Then a whale appeared. He shook his head and spat out. He was rescued by his crew in a surface ship.
His older sister Cynthia Packard told the Cape Cod Times that her brother had broken her leg. But he later said his leg was just bruised.
Charles “Stormy” Mayo, senior scientist and whale expert at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown. told the newspaper that encounters with human whales are rare.
humpback is not aggressive And Mayo thought it was an accidental encounter while the whale was eating fish. which is probably a sand spear