PROVINCETOWN (CBS) — A lobster diver says he was almost swallowed by a whale in a terrifying encounter off Cape Cod Friday morning. Michael Packard has been a lobster diver out of Provincetown for 40 years however has by no means skilled something like this.
Packard advised WBZ-TV Information that after leaping off his boat into the water, he “felt this large bump and all the things went darkish.” At first he feared he was being attacked by a shark.
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“After which I felt round and I noticed there was no enamel,” he mentioned. “After which I noticed, ‘Oh my God I’m in a whale’s mouth. . . and he’s making an attempt to swallow me.’”
Packard mentioned he thought to himself “That is it, I’m gonna die.” He thought of his children and spouse and felt there was no getting out of the whale’s mouth.
“Then abruptly he went as much as the floor and simply erupted and began shaking his head. I simply bought thrown within the air and landed within the water,” Packard recalled. “I used to be free and I simply floated there. I couldn’t imagine. . . I’m right here to inform it.”
Packard’s crewmate bought him out of the water. He feared his legs have been damaged, however he was capable of go away the hospital later within the day and will stroll with a limp.
The Provincetown Hearth Division confirmed they responded to a name at 8:15 a.m. to an injured lobsterman off Race Level.
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The whale story took social media by storm Friday afternoon. The lobster diver estimates he was within the whale’s mouth for about 30 seconds.
“It was occurring so quick,” a shocked Packard mentioned. “My solely thought was the way to get out of that mouth.”
Peter Corkeron, a senior scientist on the New England Aquarium, advised WBZ-TV that when humpback whales feed, “they do what we name gulp feeding, they usually can open their mouths up extremely broadly.”
“It’s a really uncommon accident. . . this can be a one in a — goodness is aware of what — trillion likelihood,” he mentioned. “He was simply unfortunate sufficient to be within the mistaken place on the mistaken time.”
Corkeron mentioned whales are usually not concerned about bothering people, however it’s a good suggestion for folks within the water to remain 100 yards away from a whale always.
“Whales are massive and powerful, and if one thing goes mistaken while you’re round them, it may be very harmful,” he mentioned.
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