Survivor tells about how it feels to get out from whale’s mouth
Most of us know the story of Pinocchio. The puppet child during his numerous adventures, even manages to end up in the belly of a whale. Well, thinking about this tale, would you believe it if we told you that such a thing actually happened with a survivor?
If you are sure that it is a joke, you would be wrong and the proof of this is a man. After ending up in the mouth of a whale, he managed to save himself. And he was able to tell his version of this incredible experience. Let’s find out together, how it happened and how he managed to get out of this danger.
Michael Packard is a man from Massachusetts and has been the center of attention for having had an amazing experience, to say the least. On an ordinary day, he was lobster fishing when he realized something was wrong. Suddenly he felt like he was literally “run over” by something huge.
At first he didn’t know what was happening, but then he realized that a huge creature had “captured” him. A shark perhaps? No, this was not very likely since Michael realized that no sharp teeth were cutting into him. What, then, was this mammoth creature? It took a few more minutes to realize that it was one of the largest animals on the planet: the humpback whale. This creature, with a length of over 15 meters, had caught up Michael in its jaws. P robably along with a large amount of water, minnows and krill.
“When I realized I was in the mouth of a whale, I thought I would not survive,” said the survivor. He continued: “My thoughts flew to my children, my wife and the fact that I would never see them again”. But fortunately, this was not the case. A few moments later, the humpback whale opened its mouth, he ejected Michael and he got to the surface, immediately drawing in air. This was an unparalleled, unbelievable experience that cost him only a broken leg.
The question is: how did he manage to save himself? Experts were sure that it is not possible that a whale swallowed him. Usually, these species feed on small living creatures that move along their very narrow throats, without being affected. The size of the whale’s throat was fortuitous for Michael.
But this was something that this man was not aware of and which, of course, he would not have immediately realized. We’re pretty sure he’ll think twice about diving for lobsters again – or at least, he’ll pay more attention to the creatures swimming around survivor.
How was a man swallowed by a whale?
Charles “Stormy” Mayo, a senior scientist and whale expert at the Center for Coastal Studies, agreed it was likely an accidental encounter. It requires a federal permit for professional photographers and researchers to get close to whales underwater, but there are areas of the world where it is generally allowed.
“People direct dive on them (humpbacks) in the tropics, not here. In those places I’m not aware of a single incident of people having problems with them,” Mayo said.