On Friday morning, an experienced lobster diver, Michael Packard was captured in the throat of a humpback whale in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
On his second dive of the day, Michael Packard was looking for lobsters on the ocean floor about 45 feet below the surface when he felt a bump and suddenly was completely blind.
Following his release from the Cape Cod Hospital, Mr Packard told WBZ-TV, “All of a sudden, I felt this big shove, and the next thing I knew, it was completely black.”
The 45-year-old initially mistook himself for a great white shark, which are abundant in the area. However, when he realized he hadn’t sustained any evident wounds from sharp teeth, he realized he was in the clear.
“I realised – 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 gonna die”
Mr Packard expressed concern for his wife and sons, whom he worried he might never see again.
He estimates that he spent 30 to 40 seconds in the whale’s mouth. Because he had his regulator in his mouth, Mr Packard was able to continue breathing, but he could feel the whale “squeezing with the muscles in his jaw” the entire time.
“It was happening so fast, my only thinking was how to escape out of that mouth, and I realized there was no overcoming a beast that size,” Mr Packard told CBSN Boston. He planned to do anything he wanted with me.”
Mr Packard was fortunate in that fate was on his side. He claimed he could see the whale didn’t appreciate his being in its mouth.
“Suddenly, he ascended to the surface. He just erupted and began thrashing his head, and I was flung into the air, fell in the water, and I was free.”