A commercial lobster diver
claims he was swallowed whole by a whale
off the coast of Massachusetts
on Friday, but he survived the ordeal with only minor injuries.
Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, was released from a Cape Cod hospital hours later after his terrifying encounter with a humpback whale, according to WBZ-TV. He was 45 feet deep in the waters off Provincetown when the attack
He initially mistook the whale for a shark
, but when he didn't feel any teeth or pain, he realized he was mistaken.
"All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove, and the next thing I knew it was completely black
," Packard recalled Friday afternoon to the Cape Cod Times, adding, "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 continued, "and I thought to myself, 'there's no way I'm getting out of here. I'm done, I'm dead. All I could think about was my boys, who are 12 and 15 years old."
Packard believes he was in the whale's mouth for about 30 seconds and was able to breathe because he still had his breathing apparatus on.
Packard claimed that in an attempt to save himself, he began shaking the whale's head before the animal surfaced and ejected him, and that the whale "spit me out" and that he escaped with bruises but no broken bones in a Facebook