Cape Cod lobster diver eaten by whale, spat out

Cape Cod lobster diver eaten by whale, spat out

A lobster diver was swallowed whole by a hungry humpback whale - but lived to tell the tale because the creature didn't like how he tasted, and spat him back out.

Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, was released hours later from a Cape Cod hospital following his scary encounter with a humpback whale.

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.

"I thought myself 'This is it".

Pachard said he was thinking "there's no way I'm getting out of here". "I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth".

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. "My first thought was I can't believe I got out of that situation".

Packard, an experienced diver, told WBZ that he still had his breathing apparatus on in the whale's mouth.

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

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

It was nearly worse being conscious and breathing because Packard knew he'd be alive to experience a very agonyzing end.

Whales have large mouths but throats so narrow they wouldn't be able to swallow a human
Whales have large mouths but throats so narrow they wouldn't be able to swallow a human Credit AFP

"I couldn't believe I got out of that", he said.

Experts told the newspaper that humpback whales are not aggressive animals, especially toward humans.

Humpback whales tend to feed by opening their mouth wide to gulp down as much prey, like fish or krill, as possible, leading marine scientists to speculate that what happened to Mr Packard was in all likelihood purely accidental.

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.

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

Mayo watched in shock as the water beside the boat erupted as the whale surfaced - and Packard flew out of the mammal's mouth.

Then the whale surfaced, shook its head, and spat him out.

"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 of Packard.

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