MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A.: A lobster fisherman with 40 years of practice had the fright of his lifea fter being swallowed by a humpback whale. A story that seems difficult to believe, but his testimony and that of another man who accompanied him during this trip to sea are taken very seriously by specialists. Michael Packard’s adventure even went viral around the world.
Mickael Packard was diving for lobsters, about 13 meters deep, off Cape Code, an area popular for its beaches and especially the quality of its lobsters when the incident happened. ”A whale tried to eat me”, he explained. “I was in her mouth for 30-40 seconds before she came up and spit me out “.
He thought his last hour had come. A very plausible explanation according to Jooke Robbins, a local specialist in humpback whales, who recalls that when a whale wants to feed, “they darken, mouth open, and swallow fish and water very quickly”.
But if their mouths are wide enough, their throats are too narrow to fit a man through. Mickael Packard is doing well.