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Man is swallowed and spat out by a whale

By T.K. Randall
June 12, 2021 · Comment icon 8 comments

The last place you want to be is inside one of these... Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Whit Welles
A lobster diver got more than he bargained for on Friday when he had a close encounter with a humpback whale.
It was early in the morning when 56-year-old Michael Packard - who had been lobster diving for years - entered the water off Cape Cod, Massachusetts on his second dive of the day.

As he reached the seafloor, however, he encountered something altogether unexpected.

"All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove and the next thing I knew it was completely black," he said. "I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth."

Without realizing it, he had inadvertently been swallowed up by a huge humpback whale.

"I was completely inside; it was completely black," he said. "I thought to myself, 'there's no way I'm getting out of here. I'm done, I'm dead.'"

"All I could think of was my boys - they're 12 and 15 years old."

As luck would have it, however, the whale wasn't too keen on its latest meal.

"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.

He ultimately escaped from his close encounter with only a broken leg and a few other minor injuries.

Source: Cape Cod Times | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Guyver 3 years ago
Wow.  You’re not going to forget about that experience anytime soon.
Comment icon #2 Posted by susieice 3 years ago
It's an experience most people will never have. Something to tell the grandkids about although I'm sure he was pretty shook up while it was happening. I can't even imagine.
Comment icon #3 Posted by razman 3 years ago
Jonah ?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
No, no. ya see, Jonah was taken in by a USO 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters 3 years ago
Man’s Account Of Being Swallowed By Humpback Whale Doubted By Doctors
Comment icon #6 Posted by glorybebe 3 years ago
I read that.   So many people want a few minutes of fame, that doubt pops up with these stories and people wanting to debunk.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Nice that it was not a spermwhale...these beast have teeth!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
I don't see it, myself. It's a "maybe" thing. This is about  barotrauma, which a doctor was suspicious of him for not having it.  LINK on barotrauma     "Diagnosis In most cases, the symptoms will clear up before a person can see their doctor. However, if the pain is severe or constantly recurring, or there is fluid leakage or bleeding from the ear, a person should see their doctor.  

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