Michael Packard, that the Massachusetts lobster diver swallowed by a whale , apologized to the massive mammal during an appearance on”Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Wednesday night
“I wish to apologize to the whale for getting in his way, and I won’t ever do it again,” he explained.
Kimmel grilled Packard on the experience while the diver sat within a mock-up of a whale’s mouth specially built for his appearance. The late night host stated like most, he did not believe the whale tale when he first heard it.
“That is one of the strangest stories I’ve ever heard,” Kimmel said. “You will probably be telling this story till the day you die.”
Packard told Kimmel it felt as though he got hit”by a cargo truck” if the whale swallowed him while he had been diving off the shore of Cape Cod.
“This bang, and everything just went immediately dim, and I’m only moving, traveling quickly through the water. I am like,’What the heck, did I only get eaten by a shark?’ But a shark’s mouth isn’t that large, and I do not feel any teeth.”
He said the experience was like being in a moving car only with water rushing in.
“I was struggling and banging and kicking and just thinking ‘There’s no way I’m going to get out of this unless he decides to let me go. I’m dead. This is how I’m going to go.'”
In all, Packard said he was probably in the whale’s mouth for about 30 or 40 seconds before it spit him back out.
When he got back to the boat, he said the first thing he exclaimed was, “I was in the [expletive] whale’s mouth!”
Packard also clarified to Kimmel that he wasn’t technically “swallowed” by the whale, since he wasn’t digested and he was spit out.
“I wasn’t swallowed, Jimmy,” he said. “I was in his mouth.”
Before leaving the show, Packard received a few parting gifts from Kimmel, including a “Free Willy” DVD, a can of whale repellent spray, a “Kiss me, I got swallowed by a whale” T-shirt and a special Fudgie the Whale cake with a man inside of it.
Packard also gave a shout-out to the company that sells the lobsters he catches, Wellfleet Shellfish Company in Eastham.