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There's a story that needs your immediate attention and it's about a man who was swallowed by a whale.
His name is Michael Packard, and he is an avid lobster diver with 40 years of experience, none of which involved any close whale-swallowing encounters.
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"All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove and the next thing I knew it was completely black," Packard told the Cape Cod Times this week.
"I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth."
Packard's first thought was that he was being attacked by a great white shark, as the lobster diver often sees sharks on the job.
"I was completely inside [the whale]; it was completely black," he said.
"I thought to myself, 'There’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m dead.' All I could think of was my boys. They’re 12 and 15 years old."
The incident took place off the US North Coast in Cape Cod. Speaking to media, Packard estimated that he was inside the whale for over 30 seconds, but could remain breathing as he still had his scuba gear on.
"All of a sudden, he went up to the surface and just erupted and started shaking his head. I just got thrown in the air and landed in the water," Packard recalled.