WATCH - US diver survives being swallowed alive by a humpback whale

02:37 PM | 12 Jun, 2021
WATCH - US diver survives being swallowed alive by a humpback whale

CAPE COD – A lobster fisherman from Cape Cod in the United States, trying to catch lobster Friday morning, got swallowed by a ‘gentle giant of the ocean’ and yet lived to tell the mind-boggling story.

Michael Packard, 56, speaking with a broadsheet daily newspaper, said after jumping off the vessel in scuba gear into the water, I felt a huge bump and everything went dark. I was out diving about 45ft deep in the waters when the unusual incident occurred.

Adding that he at first thought he had been attacked by a shark but then realised he could not feel any teeth and neither feel any kind of pain. He went on to say that ‘I realised, oh my God, I’m in a whale’s mouth and he’s trying to swallow me and I thought to myself, okay, this is it I’m gonna die.’

But soon after losing the hope, the lobsterman said he continued to breathe because he still had his breathing apparatus in. Then all of a sudden, the humpback came to the surface and just thrown him in the air after which he landed in the water.

The survivor while speaking this moment said ‘I was free and I just floated there. I couldn't believe, I'm here to tell it.’

Later, Packard was rescued by his crewmate in the surface boat. Doctors suspected that he’d broken at least one of his legs, but it seemed fine as only bruised.

Experts while commenting about the incident said such human-whale encounters are rare. These giants mammals can grow to as long as 50ft and weigh about 36 tons are generally not aggressive.

The non-toothed whales do not attack or eat human beings as they typically eat shrimps and small fishes.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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