When you thought Pinocchio might have been exaggerating when it told us that Geppetto was swallowed by a whale and survived, well, turns out it could actually happen. And it did. A real whale swallowed a man and then spat him out alive.
A humpback whale “swallowed” a Massachusetts lobster fisherman on Friday and then spat it out safe and sound, making him able to tell everything about this rare out-of-fantasy adventure.
Fisherman Michael Packard was diving for lobsters when a humpback whale tried to eat him. He was actually inside the cetacean mouth for around 30-40 seconds… But don’t worry, this story has a happy ending.
Michael Packard, a fisherman from Massachusetts, United States, started his Friday like any other Friday. He went to dive for lobsters when something amazing really happened. He told every detail to the local newspaper, the Cape Cod Times:
“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 his closed mouth for 30 to 40 seconds, before he surfaced and spit at me. I have bruises everywhere but no broken bones. I thank the Provincetown lifeguards for their care and help”.
Michael thought it was the end, that he was going to die. After all, he was inside a whale’s mouth, what are the odds of coming out alive?
The Whale Expert Declarations
Josiah Mayo is a very reliable witness. He was accompanying Michael on this fishing trip. He saw his partner being ejected by the whale in the Atlantic Ocean and called lifeguards. More amazing, it turns out that Josiah is the son of one of the researchers and whale experts at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Jooke Robbins.
Jooke Robbins told the Cape Cod Times that he had never heard of a similar “accident”, but “it is possible that (the fisherman) was in the wrong place, at the wrong time”.
When these whales look for food, “they launch themselves with their mouths open, they swallow fish and water very quickly, and then they reject the water through their baleen,” he explained.