By Our Correspondent with Agency Reports
It is the nearest day encore to the biblical encounter between Jonah and the big fish. But unlike Jonah who endured three gruelliing days in the belly of the fish before being released in Nineveh, 56 year-old Michael Packard, from Wellfleet, Massachusetts, was swallowed by a ravenous hunchback whale on Friday diving off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, waiting for between 30 to 40 seconds before regaining freedom.
Packard, a lobster diver, was said to be about 45 feet below the surface when he found himself inside the giant’s closed mouth and concluded he was a goner.
While explaining his ordeal, Packard disclosed that he felt a huge nudge before being engolfed in a dark enclave.
“…felt this huge bump, and everything went dark” having concluded that he was being attacked by a shark. But then, he realise it wasn’t as he couldn’t feel the predator’s notorious teeth. I was completely inside. It was completely black. I could sense I was moving and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth. 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,” he narrated.
The dad of two, who was able to breath within the whale’s closed oral enclosure through his diving equipment, later escaped with bruises but unharmed. According to him, the hunchback “began shaking its head as he struggled inside” before heading back to the surface where it spat him out.
“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. I was free and I just floated there. I couldn’t believe it… I’m here to tell it.”
Packard was later rescued by his crewmate and taken for treatment at Cape Cod hospital where he posted a statement on Facebook in which he said, “Hi everyone. I just want to clarify what happened to me today. I was lobster diving and a humpback whale tried to eat me. I was in his closed mouth for about 30 to 40 seconds before he rose to the surface and spit me out. I am very bruised up but have no broken bones. I want to thank the Provincetown rescue squad for their caring and help.”