An American fisherman claims to have been swallowed by a whale while fishing last Friday. But experts are skeptical of the story and even say it “doesn’t make sense.”
Michael Packard was diving to catch lobsters off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts, when he was reportedly caught by the animal.
The 56-year-old man claims he was swallowed and that he was inside the whale for 40 seconds. After that it was spat back into the sea.
The incident the man recounts could have gone worse: Packard suffered only a slight knee injury.
Despite the woman’s pleas to change jobs, the man revealed he has no plans to abandon his 40-year fishing career.
According to the BBC, the man first thought he was attacked by one of the many sharks that swim along the coast.
“And then I realized: ‘Oh my God. I’m inside a whale’s mouth and it’s trying to swallow me. That’s it, I’m going to die,'” he said in an interview, revealing that at that moment he was thinking about his wife and two children.
“Suddenly, the whale came to the surface and started shaking its head. I was thrown into the air and landed in the water,” he added.
“A very hard story to believe”
The man was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he received treatment for his knee injury.
According to the New York Post, one of the hospital’s emergency room doctors was skeptical of Packard’s story.
“He supposedly rose from a depth of 45 feet (almost 14 meters) in 20 to 40 seconds and had no evidence of barotrauma?”
The doctor explained that a person who had gone through that situation would have had more serious injuries, such as hearing loss.
Heard by the North American newspaper, other fishermen are also skeptical.
“People who are in the fishing industry and people who know whales are finding the story very hard to believe,” said a lobster fisherman who has worked in the area for 44 years. “It would be the first time this would happen (…) It doesn’t make sense”.