A Humpback Whale Swallowed A Provincetown Man Whole, But He Survived Miraculously
Michael Packard lobster diver
Michael Packard is a licensed commercial lobster diver who entered the water off Herring Cove Beach for his second dive of the day
Michael Packard dived inside the ocean
The 56-year-old was about 10 feet from the bottom when something downright terrifying happened.
A Humpback Whale Swallowed Michael packard
"All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove and the next thing I knew it was completely black,” Packard said
Michael Packard was inside the whale's mouth
“I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth.”
Michael Packard was getting inside the whale
Luckily, the sea creature was a humpback whale, not a great white shark, which is what Packard first suspected.
Michael Packard was completely inside the whale
“I was completely inside; it was completely black,” Packard said. “I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m dead.’
Humback Whale don't eat Humans
The story is like something straight out of an action movie. But thankfully, humpback whales are known as gentle giants. They don't typically enjoy human snacks.
The Humpback Whale spit the man out
“I saw light, and he started throwing his head side to side, and the next thing I knew I was outside (in the water),” said Packard, who lives in Wellfleet
Michael Packard inside the whale
Packard was inside the whale for about 30 to 40 seconds, he says. He started struggling as forcefully as he could and he could tell the whale didn't like it.
Michael Packard did not get much injuries
Amazingly, Packard wasn't seriously injured in the encounter. He only suffered some soft tissue damage.
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