Michael Packard was Swallowed by a Humpback Whale and Lived!

Michael Packard, a lobster diver from Cape Cod, was swallowed by a humpback whale while working and lived to tell his story!

The first time I saw Disney’s Pinnochio as a kid, it freaked me the f%#k out. I was good until the island where the kids turn into donkeys, but that wasn’t even the scariest part. The most intense moment for me was when a whale swallowed Pinnochio. It wasn’t so much the scene itself; it was the concept. My parents spent time reassuring me that it’s impossible to get swallowed by a whale and that it’s all just pretend. Being sound and responsible parents, I believed them… until now! Because Michael Packard, the lobster diver, was swallowed by a humpback whale for real!

Michael Packard was an experienced lobster diver from Wellfleet, Massachusetts, who worked on a boat off the coast in Provincetown. Back in 2021 while executing a typical dive, he felt a powerful collision, and before he knew it, everything went dark. It took him a minute; at first, he thought a great white shark might have swallowed him, but when he realized there were no teeth, Packard understood he was inside a whale.

The experienced diver struggled, trying to irritate the whale; eventually, the humpback surfaced and spat Michael Packard out where his colleague was able to recover him. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime story that is almost impossible to believe. But it happened, and you can find out more about his life and his incredible story in this 60 Minutes Australia interview:

At first it sounds too fishy to be true, but this story is definitely the real deal. Four weeks ago, professional fisherman Michael Packard, 57, was diving for lobsters in the ocean off Cape Cod when a humpback whale appeared from nowhere and swallowed him. In an instant his world went black and a frightening, and heroic, struggle for survival began.