Cape Cod diver survives being trapped in humpback whale’s mouth

PROVINCETOWN, MA (CBS) — A lobster diver says he was nearly 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 but has never experienced anything like this.

Packard told WBZ-TV News that after jumping off his boat into the water, he “felt this huge bump and everything went dark.” At first he feared he was being attacked by a shark.

“And then I felt around and I realized there was no teeth,” he said. “And then I realized, ‘Oh my God I’m in a whale’s mouth. . . and he’s trying to swallow me.’”

Packard said he thought to himself “This is it, I’m gonna die.” He thought about his kids and wife and felt there was no getting out of the whale’s mouth.

“Then all of a sudden he went up to the surface and just erupted and started shaking his head. I just got thrown in the air and landed in the water,” Packard recalled. “I was free and I just floated there. I couldn’t believe. . . I’m here to tell it.”

Packard’s crewmate got him out of the water. He feared his legs were broken, but he was able to leave the hospital later in the day and could walk with a limp.

The Provincetown Fire Department confirmed they responded to a call at 8:15 a.m. to an injured lobsterman off Race Point.

The whale tale took social media by storm Friday afternoon. The lobster diver estimates he was in the whale’s mouth for about 30 seconds.

“It was happening so fast,” a stunned Packard said. “My only thought was how to get out of that mouth.”

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