It sounds like an old-fashioned fairy tale, but in the United States a fisherman claims that a humpback whale swallowed him, sat in his mouth for about half a minute, after which the whale spat him alive. The man narrowly escaped the adventure.
The local newspaper recorded the story of the fisherman. “I was diving for lobsters when a humpback whale tried to eat me,” said Michael Packard, a fisherman from Provincetown, east Boston, Massachusetts. “I sat in his mouth for 30 to 40 seconds before he came out to the surface and spit on me. I have bruises all over, but I don’t have a broken bone.”
Packard was briefly hospitalized, but was released relatively unscathed. There is also a witness confirming Packard’s story. Josiah Mayo accompanied him and said that he saw a humpback whale spitting out his companion in the ocean.
Provincetown is located on the Atlantic Ocean and at this time of year many humpback whales come to feed on plankton. Jooke Robbins, director of the Center for Coastal Studies and expert in whale studies, tends to believe the story. “I know those involved and I have every reason to believe them.”
Peter Corkeron, a scientist at the New England Aquarium, explains that when humpback whales feed, they incredibly open their mouths. “This is an extraordinary story. The odds of this happening are 1 in 1 trillion. The Hunter was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
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