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‘Bruised up, no broken bones’: Lobster diver says he survived being almost swallowed by a humpback whale

It sounds like a real-life take on “Pinocchio” – a US lobster diver says he was scooped into the mouth of a humpback whale Friday and yet lived to tell the story. “I was in his closed mouth for about 30 to 40 seconds before he rose to the surface and spit me out,” Michael Packard wrote on Facebook hours after his brush with the depths. Attacked by a shark.” src=”https://sl.sbs.com.au/public/image/file/ee8524ca-a1c4-4007-9559-9f6f9b092170″ alt=”US lobster fisherman Michael Packard says he initially thought he was being attacked by a shark.” width=”700″ height=”467″ /> US lobster fisherman Michael Packard says he initially thought a shark was attacking him.

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“A humpback whale tried to eat me,” he added. “I am very bruised up but have no broken bones.”

Mr. Packard’s beyond-belief big fish yarn began, he told the local paper Cape Cod Times, when he was diving for lobster off the coast of the northeastern state of Massachusetts.

“All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove, and the next thing I knew, it was completely black,” he said after being released from the hospital.

He was about 10 meters down, and his first thought was that a shark had attacked him, but the lack of teeth and apparent wounds made him reconsider.

Mr. Packard said he began to struggle – but unlike in the classic children’s tale “Pinocchio,” there was no need to build a fire to secure his escape.

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“I saw the light, and he started throwing his head side-to-side, and the next thing I knew, I was outside (in the water),” Packard told the paper.

The story says Mr. Packard’s fishing mate Josiah Mayo “saw the explosion of water as the whale surfaced and Packard was ejected,” but doesn’t include any quotes attributed to him.

Joke Robbins, director of humpback whale studies at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said she had no reason to doubt the account.

“I didn’t think it was a hoax because I knew the people involved… So I have every reason to believe that what they say is true,” she told AFP.

Ms. Robbins said she had never heard of an “accident” of this type, but “it may be that he (Packard) was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

“When they (whales) fish… they rush forward, open their mouth and engulf the fish and the water very quickly,” she said, adding they have giant mouths but throats so narrow they wouldn’t be able to swallow a human.

The whale, which according to Mayo’s description,n was on the young side, “may not be able to detect quickly enough that something is in the way.”

Even if all the details weren’t yet known, one thing was clear for Robbins: “People need to be quite aware… And when they see a whale, keep a good distance. It’s essential to give whales their space.”

Molly Aronson

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