‘There’s no way I’m getting out of here: Humpback whale swallows lobster diver off Cape Cod and then spits him out
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after that PROVINCETOWN and Mass.
At a little earlier than 8 a.M. and Friday and veteran lobster diver Michael Packard
entered the water for his 2d dive of the day.
His vessel and “the J ‘a J,” became proper off Herring Cove seashore and surrounded by a fleet of boats
catching striped bass.
The water temperature was a balmy 60 degrees and he envisioned the visibility he
expected at 20 ft.
Lobster divers pluck lobsters off the sandy bottom, and as he dove down and he noticed schools of sand lances
and stripers swimming via.
food chain turned into complete proof, however about 35 feet down and 10 feet from the bottom,
he entered that food chain startlingly and uncommonly.
Packard, 56, changed into actually swallowed through a humpback whale.
“All of a surprise and I felt this huge shove and the subsequent component I knew it become completely
black,” Packard recalled Friday afternoon following his release from Cape Cod clinic.
“I ought to experience I used to be moving, and that I should experience the whale squeezing with the
muscle groups in his mouth.”
To start with,
Packard thought he turned inside an incredible white shark and but he couldn’t feel any teeth
and he hadn’t suffered any apparent wounds.
It dawned on him that he’d been swallowed.
“I used to be completely inner (the whale); it turned into completely black,” Packard said.
“I concept to myself, ‘there’s no manner I’m getting out of here.
I’m achieved, I’m useless.
All I should consider turning into my boys, they’re 12 and 15 years old.”
He struggled and the whale began shaking its head so that Packard may want to inform him he didn’t
He envisioned he changed inside the whale for 30 to forty seconds before the whale sooner or later
“I noticed the light, and he began throwing his head aspect-to-aspect and the next issue I knew I was
outdoor (in the water) and ” Packard said.
His mate Josiah Mayo noticed the explosion of water because the whale surfaced and Packard became
so He plucked Packard out of the water and known as to shore at the radio, and headed in.
“My first concept changed into I will trust I were given out of that state of affairs.
My 2nd notion changed into for the way injured I used to be,” Packard stated.
Considering he was swallowed and ejected from a whale, his accidents were distinctly few. To start with, it
turned into the idea he had a broken leg, however, Packard said by way of phone Friday afternoon that
he’d suffered lots of gentle tissue harm.
“However I’m excellent ordinary,” he said.
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“based totally on what was defined this would be a mistake and a coincidence on the part of the
humpback,” stated Joke Robbins, director of Humpback Whale studies at the middle for Coastal Studies in
aren’t competitive animals, particularly closer to human beings.
From the whale description as being at the small side, Robbins suspects it changed into a juvenile feeding
at the sand lance.
Whilst humpback mouths open to feed, stated Robbins, they can block their forward imaginative and
prescient that’s why such a lot of come to be entangled in fishing equipment in their mouth and jaws.
Nevertheless, humpbacks injuring human beings, especially times of swallowing them, are so notably rare,
“It is not something I have heard occurring earlier than and” she stated. “such a lot of
matters could have
needed to take place to become in the direction of a feeding whale.”
Charles “Stormy” Mayo, a senior scientist and whale professional in the middle for Coastal research in
Provincetown agreed that that is particularly rare.
“humans direct dive on them (humpbacks) in the tropics, not right here. In the one’s locations I’m not
aware of an unmarried incident of people having issues with them,” Mayo said.
Packard crewman Josiah Mayo is Stormy Mayo’s son.
” Michael (Packard) is a clever guy and a wonderful diver,” said Stormy Mayo. “For that to happen to him,
you could make sure he did the whole lot he become imagined to do.”
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Commercial lobster divers are a tough breed.
The courageous the bloodless waters off Provincetown to grab migrating lobsters off a sandy shelf when
they emerge from an adjacent deep channel and pause to acclimate to the incredibly warmer water.
The crewman topside follows the bubbles of the diver under as she or he drifts with the robust modern-
It’s a spot that is fraught with threat and industrial lobster divers have seen more than their
percentage of close calls and tragedy.
“Thank god, it wasn’t a white shark. He sees them all of the day trips there,” Cynthia Packard, Michael’s
“He ought to have concept he turned into achieved.”
The decision got here in over the police/fire scanner at eight: thirteen a.M. That a diver had suffered
extreme injuries to the legs after interacting with a whale and stated Provincetown hearth leader Michael