Michael Packard, 56, van Wellfleet, is ure later uit 'n Cape Cod-hospitaal ontslaan ná sy eng ontmoeting met 'n bultrug. Hy het vertel WBZ-TV hy was 45 feet deep in the waters off Provincetown when the attack occurred.
He initially thought the whale was a shark but realized he was wrong when he didn’t feel any teeth or pain.
“All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove and the next thing I knew it was completely black,” Packard recalled Friday afternoon, Volgens die Cape Cod Times. “I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth.”
“I was completely inside (the whale); it was completely black,” hy het bygevoeg. “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 en 15 years old.”
Packard said he thinks he was in the whale’s mouth for about 30 sekondes. He was able to breathe because he still had his breathing apparatus.
In an effort to save himself, Packard said he began shaking the whale’s head before the animal surfaced and ejected him. In 'n Facebook-plasing, he said the whale “spit me out” and that he escaped with bruises and no broken bones.
Packard’s mate, Josiah Mayo, plucked him out of the water and headed back to shore. Fox News has reached to Packard but has not heard back.
Experts told the newspaper that humpback whales are not aggressive animals, especially toward humans.
“Based on what was described this would have to be a mistake and an accident on the part of the humpback,” said Jooke Robbins, director of Humpback Whale Studies at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown.
Associated Press het bygedra tot hierdie verslag.