In the American state of Massachusetts, a local diver fishing for lobsters became prey himself and fell into the jaws of a humpback whale.
Showing an enviable composure, 56-year-old diver Michael Packard was able to get out of the jaws of the giant and get to shore without serious injuries.
He himself told the local publication Cape Cod Times about his amazing adventure. On the morning of June 11, Packard was lobster hunting off the Atlantic Ocean near Provincetown, he said.
“All of a sudden I felt a tremendous jolt, and then it went dark. I felt like I was moving and the whale was pushing through me with his mouth muscles,” the diver said.
At first, Packard thought he had been attacked by a shark, but after finding no teeth from the unknown creature and realizing he had not suffered any serious injuries, the diver realized he was inside the whale.
“I was completely inside. It was completely dark. I thought: no chance of me getting out of here. That’s it, I’m dead,” the man shared.
Deciding to fight for his life, after all, the brave diver began to actively move. This caused the whale’s irritation – he dived to the surface, shook his head, and literally spat out the troubled prey.
The diver himself estimated that he had been inside the whale’s mouth for about half a minute.
Packard’s partner spotted him on the surface of the water, dragged him to the boat, and took him to shore. The diver was taken to a local hospital. The medics, finding no life-threatening injuries, discharged him hours later.