Lobster Diver Injured When Caught in Whale's Mouth

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Lobster Diver Injured When Caught in Whale's Mouth

56-year-old diver Michael Packard claims that he was trapped inside the mouth of a humpback whale during his dive on Friday morning (June 11) off the coast of Cape Cod in MA.

The leviathan spat him out and Mr Packard was left with nothing more than a suspected dislocated knee.

Mr Packard told Cape Cod Times he "felt this huge shove" before everything "went completely black" as he realised he was inside the whale. "I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth".

He thought he had been attacked by one of the great white sharks that swim in the area, "and then I felt around and I realised there was no teeth".

'I realized, oh my God, I'm in a whale's mouth. and he's trying to swallow me, ' Packard told WBZ-TV following the encounter.

"I was completely inside; it was completely black", Packard said.

When he was chucked out of the mouth like a sunflower seed shell and landed in the water virtually unscathed save for bruised legs, Packard was simply dumbfounded. He guessed he was inside the whale for 30 to 40 seconds.

"And I thought to myself OK, this is it - I'm finally - I'm gonna die".

"I thought about my kids and my wife", he said.

"There was no getting out of there".

His crewmate, Josiah Mayo, witnessed the entire thing and pulled Packard from the water.

"I saw light, and he started throwing his head side-to-side and the next thing I knew I was outside [in the water]", Packard said. I'm done, I'm dead.

"I couldn't believe I got out of that", he said. "And I'm here to tell it".

Journalists interviewed Mr Packard about his Biblical ordeal after he was discharged from Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. In the end, Packard said, he was "all bruised up", but whole.

Charles "Stormy" Mayo, a senior scientist and whale expert at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, said this is exceedingly rare.

Humpback whales are not aggressive animals and they do not eat humans. "My second thought was for how injured I was".

She added that Packard was unlikely to have been swallowed, as, despite their massive mouths, their throats aren't large enough for a person to fit through.

The whale, identified as a mature female named Valley, was first spotted Monday by a whale watch boat on Stellwagen Bank northeast of Provincetown, according to a statement from the Center for Coastal Studies.