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Oh my God I’m in a whale’s mouth’ Massachusetts man tells of surviving humpback encounter

Oh my God I’m in a whale’s mouth’ Massachusetts man tells of surviving humpback encounter

Packard said he was diving off of his boat the "Ja'n J" Friday morning off of Herring Cove Beach.

Michael Packard was 14 metres deep off Cape Cod when "all of a sudden I felt this huge bump, and everything went dark". "When they (whales) fish. they rush forward, open their mouth and engulf the fish and the water very quickly", she said, adding they have large mouths, but throats so narrow they wouldn't be able to swallow a human.

"And I could sense that I was moving, and I was like, '"Oh, my God, did I just get bit by a shark?'"

When the shock set in, a flood of fear came at him to face his mortality.

Pachard said he was thinking "there's no way I'm getting out of here".

"I think it was a surprise to all involved".

He plucked Packard out of the water, according to the Cape Cod Times, and used his radio to call authorities on the shore. "I'm going to die.' And I thought about my kids and my wife", he said.

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He estimates he was in the whale's mouth for about 30 seconds, but continued to breathe because he still had his breathing apparatus in.

In an effort to save himself, Packard said he began shaking the whale's head before the animal surfaced and ejected him.

Michael Packard was diving off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts, Friday, when the capital cetacean caught him unawares. "He sees them all the time out there", Packard said.

"I still l had try regulator in my mouth I was still breathing", he recalled to the television station. I was free and I just floated there.

When he was chucked out of the mouth like a sunflower seed shell and landed in the water virtually unscathed save for bruised legs, Packard was simply dumbfounded. "So I have every reason to believe that what they say is true", she told AFP.

Humpback whales tend to feed by opening their mouth wide to gulp down as much prey, like fish or krill, as possible, leading marine scientists to speculate that what happened to Mr Packard was in all likelihood purely accidental.

"Based on what was described, this would have to be a mistake and an accident on the part of the humpback", said Jooke Robbins, director of Humpback Whale Studies at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, told the Cape Cod Times. "In those places I'm not aware of a single incident of people having problems with them", Stormy Mayo said.

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