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A fisherman in the United States was swallowed by a whale - and survived: "Everything was dark" - Walla! news

2021-06-13T16:20:38.069Z

Michael Packard, 56, dived to the shores of Massachusetts in search of lobsters, when he suddenly felt a big thump. "I thought it was a shark, but when I realized there were no teeth, I realized that a whale had swallowed me and that I was going to die," he said from the hospital. After about 40 seconds, the marine mammal ejected him and he survived with injuries to his legs



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A fisherman in the United States was swallowed up by a whale - and survived: "Everything was dark"

Michael Packard, 56, dived to the shores of Massachusetts in search of lobsters, when he suddenly felt a big thump.

"I thought it was a shark, but when I realized there were no teeth, I realized that a whale had swallowed me and that I was going to die," he said from the hospital.

After about 40 seconds, the marine mammal ejected him and he survived with injuries to his legs

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Saturday, 12 June 2021, 08:46

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Despite the case, he has no intention of giving up his 40-year career.

Michael Packard at the hospital (Photo: Courtesy of the family)

A lobster fisherman in the United States said he was ejected from a whale's muzzle before swallowing it. Michael Packard said yesterday (Friday) that while diving to the shores of Provenstown, Massachusetts, he reached the mouth of a large fin whale, which ejected it about 30 to 40 seconds later.



Packard, 56, is suffering from leg injuries. Despite his wife's pleas, he has no intention of giving up his 40-year career. He said that after jumping from his crew's boat with a wetsuit in the Cape Cod area, he "felt a huge thump and everything got dark."



He thought he was attacked by one of the large white sharks living in the area, "and then I touched and realized there were no teeth. Then I realized, 'God, I'm inside a whale's muzzle and he's trying to swallow me. That's it, I'm going to die. Packard said he was thinking about his wife and two children, ages 12 and 15, at the time.



"Then all of a sudden he came up in front of the water and started shaking his head. I was thrown into the air and landed in the water. I was free and just watching there. I could not believe I was here to tell this," Packard described after being released from the hospital.

A crew member, who was desperately looking for him as he scanned the water for bubbles from his oxygen tank, returned him to the boat.



The fire department in Provenstown has confirmed to CBS that it responded to a call yesterday at 8:15 a.m. to treat an injured lobster fisherman on the beach.

No cases have been reported in which humans have ingested.

Great Fin Whale (Photo: ShutterStock)

Large fin whales can reach a size of 15 meters and a weight of about 36 tons.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), about 60,000 individuals remain in the wild.

Their diet is usually done when they open their pharynx in order to collect as much food as possible, such as fish, so experts speculate that what happened to Packard was completely coincidental.

One expert said there was no known case of a whale swallowing a human.

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