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Friday, veteran lobster diver Michael Packard entered the water for his second dive of the day. The water temperature was a balmy 60 degrees and the visibility about 20 feet. d commercial lobster divers literally pluck lobsters off the sandy bottom, and as Packard, 56, dove down Friday morning, he saw schools of sand lances and stripers swimming by. The ocean food chain was in full evidence, but about 10 feet from the bottom Packard suddenly knew what it truly felt like to be part of that chain.
In something truly biblical, Packard was swallowed whole by a humpback whale. Has a man ever been swallowed by a whale: Sperm whale swallows a Cape Cod man off Cape Verde islands years ago.
It quickly dawned on him that he had been swallowed by a whale. He estimated he was in the whale for 30 to 40 seconds before the whale finally surfaced.
Watch humpback whales get rescued: Whale rescuers free humpback from fishing gear near Stellwagen Bank, MA. Packard said Mayo saw the whale burst to the surface, and that he initially thought it was a great white shark. Then the whale flung her brother back into the sea. Mayo picked him up, called by radio to shore and sped back to the Provincetown pier. H umpbacks are not aggressive animals, particularly toward humans, she said. The humpback was described by Mayo as being medium-sized, Michael Packard said, and Robbins suspects it was a juvenile feeding on sand lance.
Even so, incidents of f eeding humpbacks injuring swimmers and divers, especially instances of swallowing them, are so exceedingly rare as to be nonexistent, Robbins said. The esophagus on nontoothed whales is too small to actually swallow a human but they could wrap their mouth around a Black singles Provincetown or wa object and then spit it out.
Robbins said that, unlike toothed whales such as Orcas, baleen whales that filter out small schooling fish do not explore or cause injuries with their mouths. They generally use their tail. It requires a federal permit for professional photographers and researchers to get close to whales underwater, but there are areas of the world where it is generally allowed. Climate Change: A whale of a reminder: Nantucket sculpture raises awareness of ocean littering dangers.
Commercial lobster divers are a tough breed. They brave the cold waters off Provincetown to grab migrating lobsters off a sandy shelf when they emerge from an adjacent deep channel scoured out by the powerful current rounding Race Point.
The crewman topside keeps track of the diver below by following his bubbles as he is pushed by those strong currents.
Divers have been dragged out to sea — that happened to Packard once and he treaded water for hours before being rescued — and he once found and recovered the dead body of a fellow diver. Packard has had his share of close calls.
For years, he was an abalone diver on the West Coast in an area with great white sharks that have a history of attacking divers; he lost some friends to the predators. Sharks and seals: Here's what you need to know about the animals off Cape Cod. Monomoy Island: Wisconsin man's inaugural sail left him 'lucky to be alive' off Chatham. Ten years ago, while traveling in Costa Rica, he was a passenger in a small plane that crashed in the jungle, killing the pilot, co-pilot and a passenger.
Packard sustained multiple serious injuries to his abdomen and upper body. Cape Cod fishing: Cape Cod lobstermen get free gear to protect endangered right whales.
Doug Fraser Cape Cod Times. Show Caption. Hide Caption. Big whale show at Race Point Beach, Provincetown. Every once in a while, you can see whales feeding off Race Point Beach in Provincetown--what a show! Interesting facts you may not know about humpback whales. Humpback whales are estimated to live approximately 80 to 90 years. Whales migrate to the tropics to enable molting of old skin. Whales embark on some of the longest migrations on Earth. Is it to forage or give birth? Now, new research suggests they go there to maintain healthy skin.Black singles Provincetown or wa
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