- Michael Packard, 56, said he was lucky to be alive after he was attacked by the marine mammal while on his daily routine in Massachusetts.
- The diver disclosed he felt everything went dark after the whale waylaid him
- The survivor said he was inside the mammal for 30 to 40 seconds before it, fortunately, spit him out
A lobster diver in the United States (US) has miraculously survived after he was swallowed by a whale.
The man identified as Michael Packard, 56, said he was lucky to be alive after he was attacked by the marine mammal while on his daily routine in Massachusetts.
The Daily Mail reported that the man disclosed he felt everything went dark after the whale waylaid him.
At first, he thought he had been ambushed by a shark but when he did not feel sharp teeth, he realised he was in the whale's mouth.
"I realised, oh my God, I am in a whale's mouth ... and he's trying to swallow me. And I thought to myself okay, this is it - I am finally, going to die," he narrated.
Packard's experience inside whale
The insider reported the man believed he was inside the mammal for 30 to 40 seconds before it, fortunately, spit him out.
"I just got thrown in the air and landed in the water. I was free and I just floated there. I couldn't believe it... I'm here to tell it," Packard said.
A crewman who was with the 56-year-old pulled him out of the water after the ordeal. The survivor was not seriously injured and only got a few bruises.
Social media users shared their thoughts on the scary incident:
Matt Viser said:
"Imagine, for the rest of your life, being able to tell the story about the day a humpback whale swallowed you whole."
"God is good! Michael Packard (a lobster diver), dived into the water and just saw darkness! He figured out he was swallowed by a humpback whale. It’s a miracle that about 30 seconds later the humpback whale spit him out!"
Sinkhole swallows VW Polo
In a separate story reported by Briefly News, the driver of a white VW Polo was left regretting his/her decision to leave the house after the car was nearly swallowed completely by a sinkhole in Cape Town's Buitenkant Street intersection earlier today.
Snaps shared online by @1secondlater show the front end of the car submerged in the sinkhole water while other cars pass by. According to another post shared by @CityofCTAlerts, there is also a water outage in the area.
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