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The fisherman survived almost a minute inside a whale before he spit it out. He shares his experience.
A story worth telling your grandchildren. Michael Packard, a fisherman originally from Provincetown, Massachusetts, survived after being swallowed by a whale and staying inside for 30 to 40 seconds.
Bruised but without any broken bones, Michael Packard recounted what is the most impressive experience of his life. It was swallowed by a whale and soon after, spit out.
Michael was diving, as usual, looking for lobsters in the waters of Provincetown, when suddenly he felt something suck him. From one moment to the next I was inside a whale.
“Hello everyone, I want to clarify what happened to me today. I was diving for lobsters when a humpback whale tried to eat me. I was inside its closed mouth for 30 to 40 seconds, before it surfaced and spit on me. I have bruises from everywhere but no broken bones”, he told the media.
And in case no one believed him, a friend of his named Josiah Mayo, who witnessed it all, served as a witness to this strange moment. In addition, he helped to aid his companion, calling the lifeguards on the coast, after seeing how he was expelled from the whale’s mouth.
“I have never heard of a similar ‘accident’, but it is possible that (the fisherman) was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Jooke Robbins, director of the ‘Providencetown Center for Coastal Studies.’
Why the whale didn’t swallow the fisherman completely
Whale expert Jooke Robbins explained why the fisherman was spat on by the whale. And it is that although the mouth of the whales are very large, their throat is not. When looking for food they open their mouths and swallow as much as they can. They reject water through their beards and any other object, fish (or human), obstruct their throat, come to the surface to spit it out.
“His mouth is quite large, but his throat is quite narrow, there is no chance that he can swallow something as big” as a man”, he declared.
Likewise, he asked both tourists and fishermen to keep their distance from the whales to avoid incidents like this that could end in tragedy.
Meanwhile, Michael Packard thanked the local lifeguards for their help.