A business lobster diver who obtained caught within the mouth of a humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., on Friday morning mentioned he thought he was going to die.
Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, Mass., instructed WBZ-TV after he was launched from Cape Cod Hospital that he was about 14 metres deep within the waters off Provincetown, Mass., when “impulsively I felt this large bump, and every part went darkish.”
He thought he had been attacked by a shark, frequent in space waters, however then realized he couldn’t really feel any enamel and he wasn’t in any ache.
“Then I spotted, oh my God, I’m in a whale’s mouth … and he is making an attempt to swallow me,” he mentioned. “And I believed to myself OK, that is it — I’m lastly — I’m going to die.” His ideas went to his spouse and kids.
He estimates he was within the whale’s mouth for about 30 seconds, however continued to breathe as a result of he nonetheless had his respiration equipment in.
Then the whale surfaced, shook its head, and spit him out. He was rescued by his crewmate within the floor boat.
Charles “Stormy” Mayo, a senior scientist and whale skilled on the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, instructed the newspaper that such human-whale encounters are uncommon.
Humpbacks will not be aggressive and Mayo thinks it was an unintended encounter whereas the whale was feeding on fish, doubtless sand lance.