BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A business lobster diver who received caught within the mouth of a humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod on Friday morning mentioned he thought he was going to die.
Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, instructed WBZ-TV after he was launched from Cape Cod Hospital that he was about 45 toes deep within the waters off Provincetown when “swiftly I felt this big bump, and every little thing went darkish.”
He thought he had been attacked by a shark, frequent in space waters, however then realized he couldn’t really feel any tooth and he wasn’t in any ache.
“Then I noticed, oh my God, I am in a whale’s mouth … and he is attempting to swallow me,” he mentioned. “And I believed to myself OK, that is it — I am lastly — I am gonna die.” His ideas went to his spouse and youngsters.
He estimates he was within the whale’s mouth for about 30 seconds, however continued to breathe as a result of he nonetheless had his respiration equipment in.
Then the whale surfaced, shook its head, and spit him out. He was rescued by his crewmate within the floor boat.
His sister, Cynthia Packard, initially instructed the Cape Cod Occasions that her brother broke a leg, however he mentioned later that his legs are simply bruised.
Charles “Stormy” Mayo, a senior scientist and whale knowledgeable on the Middle for Coastal Research in Provincetown, instructed the newspaper that such human-whale encounters are uncommon.
Humpbacks will not be aggressive and Mayo thinks it was an unintended encounter whereas the whale was feeding on fish, possible sand lance.