Remember the story of Jonah and the Whale?
NEARLY EATEN BY WHALE: Michael Packard just told us his incredible story. He says he was nearly swallowed by a humpback whale while lobster diving off the coast of Provincetown this morning. #NBC10Boston #NECN pic.twitter.com/9IE126H5rY— Mike Manzoni NBC10 Boston (@MikeNBCBoston) June 11, 2021
Where poor old Jonah is drowning and God sends down a whale to save him? The whale swallows Jonah and Jonah spends three days and three nights in his stomach before God orders the whale to spit him out? Well, it actually came rather true recently.
His name's not Jonah, but meet Michael Packard from the Cape Cod area.
Not the point but this guy's expression after being swallowed by a whale is the most Massachusetts thing ever https://t.co/6SErobYOdi— Patrick Radden Keefe (@praddenkeefe) June 11, 2021
Michael is a lobster diver and just yesterday he set out early in the morning like he does most days, on his boat off the coast off Provincetown, Mass. when he dived into the water.
However, he won't be forgetting this dive anytime soon...
Veteran Cape Cod lobster diver Michael Packard was swallowed whole by a humpback whale and lives to tell the story… pic.twitter.com/CQcCP2fdVs— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) June 12, 2021
Why? Because while Michael was under the water he was swallowed whole by a humpback whale — trapped in its gullet for nearly a minute before being coughed back up, according to a report.
Packard explained that he was 35 feet below the surface when the massive mammal decided to have him for breakfast...
This is is one of the best-written local stories I have read.— Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77) June 12, 2021
Man swallowed by whale by Cape Cod; MA lobster diver survives humpback https://t.co/NLhWwubJuA
Speaking the Cape Cod Times, Michael explained:
All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove and the next thing I knew it was completely black. I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth.
"This is it, I'm gonna die."
I was completely inside [the whale]; it was completely black. 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.
But then he realised he could feel no teeth, and when he started struggling he could feel the whale swaying its head in discomfort.
"I saw light, and he started throwing his head side-to-side and the next thing I knew I was outside [in the water]. My first thought was I can't believe I got out of that situation. My second thought was for how injured I was."
And how is he? Well, he's actually doing really well...