Michael Packard, from Wellfleet in the US state of Massachusetts, wrote on Facebook he was lobster diving on Friday before he found himself inside the mouth of a whale.
“Hi everyone, I just want to clarify what happened to me today. I was lobster diving and a humpback whale tried to ᴇᴀᴛ me. I was in his closed mouth for about 30 to 40 seconds before he rose to the surface and spit me out. I am very ʙʀᴜɪsᴇᴅ up but have no ʙʀᴏᴋᴇn ʙᴏɴᴇs. I want to thank the Provincetown ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ squad for their caring and help,” his Facebook post reads.
Mr Packard told Cape Cod Times he “felt this huge shove” before everything “went completely black” as he realised he was inside the whale.
“I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m ᴅᴇᴀᴅ’,” he told the paper.
He added he began shaking the whale’s head from the inside to try to get it to spit him up which it did.
Mr Packard told WBZ-TV was “thrown in the air” and landed back in the water.
“I couldn’t believe I got out of that,” he said.
Mr Packard was taᴋᴇɴ to hospital for ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ and has since been released.
Jooke Robbins, director of Humpback Whale Stuᴅɪᴇs at the Center for Coastal Stuᴅɪᴇs in Provincetown, said it was likely the whale sᴡᴀʟʟᴏᴡᴇᴅ Mr Packard by ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ.
‘How ʙᴀᴅ you could taste?’
On Facebook, Mr Packard’s tale was compared to something from Pinocchio.
“How ʙᴀᴅ could you taste? Just kidding. Thank god you’re safe,” one woman wrote.
One man joked he wanted to hear the whale’s side of the story while another woman suggested he try his luck with a lottery ticket now.
“Wow. What a whale of a tale,” another man wrote.