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Lobster diver injured when caught in whale’s mouth

Michael Packard says he was about 45 feet deep when he felt a bump and everything went dark.
Michael Packard says he was about 45 feet deep when he felt a bump and everything went dark.(Packard Family photo)
Published: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:51 PM EDT
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BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - A commercial lobster diver who got caught in the mouth of a humpback whale off Cape Cod in Massachusetts says he thought he was going to die.

Michael Packard tells WBZ-TV after he was released from the hospital on Friday that he was about 45 feet deep off Provincetown when he felt a bump and everything went dark.

He thought he had been attacked by a shark, then realized it was a whale.

After about 30 seconds, the whale surfaced and spit him out.

His sister originally told the Cape Cod Times that her brother broke a leg, but he said later that his legs are just bruised.

Humpbacks are not aggressive and a whale expert says it was probably an accidental encounter while the whale was feeding on fish.

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