Lobster diver survives after being caught ‘in a whale’s mouth’

A group of humpback whales are seen feeding near Gloucester Mass. in this

Michael Packard, from Wellfleet in the U.S. state of MA, wrote on Facebook he was lobster diving on Friday before he found himself inside the mouth of a whale. Provincetown Fire Chief Michael Trovato said he did not go to the call but confirmed that he heard that the diver had been injured by a whale.

Michael Packard told reporters he had been diving in the waters off Cape Cod when he suddenly "felt this huge bump and everything went dark".

He thought he had been attacked by a shark, common in area waters, but then realised he could not feel any teeth and he wasn't in any pain. "And then I realised, "Oh my God I'm in a whale's mouth. and he's trying to swallow me", Packard said, adding that he was expecting a gruesome death.

"A humpback whale tried to eat me", he added.

Michael Packard was not too anxious after the incident, smiling from his hospital bed. He was able to breathe because he still had his breathing apparatus.

Fearing he was going to die, his thoughts went to his wife and children.

"There was no getting out of there".

Mr Packard told WBZ-TV was "thrown in the air" and landed back in the water. "Got him on the deck and calmed him down and he goes, "Joe, I was in the mouth of a whale" he goes 'I can't believe it, I was in the mouth of a whale Joe!'" "And I'm here to tell it". In the end, Packard said, he was "all bruised up", but whole. And when they see a whale, keep a good distance.

"I thought myself 'This is it".

"When they do that, they don't necessarily see everything", she said.

When humpbacks engage in so-called "lunge feeding", she continued, they shoot forward in the water with their mouths open to quickly catch a large amount of food.

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.

"It's a little like sitting down to a really nice meal, and into your mouth flies a fly", she told CNN.

Packard's crewman Josiah Mayo is Stormy Mayo's son.

Apparently, as Packard struggled in the marine giant's mouth he could feel the whale shaking its head.

"If you come up to atmospheric pressure, and you've held your breath, you could develop an embolism", Mayo said.

"The reason he's still around is because he's smart", Mayo said via CNN.



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