Most of you have heard the Biblical story about Jonah and the whale but what about the Massachusetts man and the Humpback whale?
A lobster diver from Wellfleet, Massachusetts was completely swallowed up by a whale on the coast of Cape Cod on Friday.
Michael Packard was diving deep in the waters looking for lobsters when all of the sudden he felt a huge bump and then everything suddenly became dark.
At first he thought he was attacked by a shark but then he soon realized he was swallowed by a humpback whale.
The whale had Michael in his mouth for around 30 seconds until he finally decided to spit him out.
Massachusetts lobster diver survives being swallowed by whale: 'I was completely inside' – Fox News https://t.co/ctxSAS4tgM
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Not the point but this guy's expression after being swallowed by a whale is the most Massachusetts thing ever https://t.co/6SErobYOdi
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Fox News had more on the story:
A commercial lobster diver says he was swallowed whole by a whale off the Massachusetts coast Friday but made it out alive with only minor injuries following the life and death encounter.
Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, was released hours later from a Cape Cod hospital following his scary encounter with a humpback whale. He told WBZ-TV he was 45 feet deep in the waters off Provincetown when the attack occurred.
He initially thought the whale was a shark but realized he was wrong when he didn’t feel any teeth or pain.
“All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove and the next thing I knew it was completely black,” Packard recalled Friday afternoon, according to the Cape Cod Times. “I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth.”
“I was completely inside (the whale); it was completely black,” he added. “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.”
Packard said he thinks he was in the whale’s mouth for about 30 seconds. He was able to breathe because he still had his breathing apparatus.
Talk about a whale of a tale. Michael Packard was diving off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts, Friday, when he got caught in the whale's mouth. The leviathan spit him out shortly afterwards. https://t.co/otwNlopemr
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A Massachusetts lobsterman is recovering in the hospital after he says he was nearly swallowed by a whale.
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The Associated Press got the scoop too:
A commercial lobster diver who got caught in the mouth of a humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod on Friday morning said he thought he was going to die.
Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, told WBZ-TV after he was released from Cape Cod Hospital that he was about 45 feet (14 meters) deep in the waters off Provincetown when “all of a sudden I felt this huge bump, and everything went dark.”
He thought he had been attacked by a shark, common in area waters, but then realized he could not feel any teeth and he wasn’t in any pain.
“Then I realized, oh my God, I’m in a whale’s mouth … and he’s trying to swallow me,” he said. “And I thought to myself OK, this is it — I’m finally — I’m gonna die.” His thoughts went to his wife and children.
He estimates he was in the whale’s mouth for about 30 seconds, but continued to breathe because he still had his breathing apparatus in.
Then the whale surfaced, shook its head, and spit him out. He was rescued by his crewmate in the surface boat.
At least he only stayed in the whale’s mouth for 30 seconds and not three days and three nights like Jonah!