An American lobster fisherman says he was released unharmed after falling into the mouth of a humpback whale on Friday and was eventually spat out again.

The story of Michael Packard (56) was first

reported

by the local

Cape Cod Times newspaper

.

"I was diving for lobsters when a humpback whale tried to eat me," Packard wrote on social media.

"I was in the mouth for 30 to 40 seconds before the whale came back up to the surface and spit me out," said the lobster fisherman who lives in Provincetown, about 200 miles east of Boston.

Packard says he is covered in bruises but otherwise has no broken bones.

"I thank the rescuers in Provincetown for their care and assistance," he wrote shortly after he was hospitalized.

One person witnessed the event.

Josiah Mayo told the local newspaper that he saw the Packard whale spat out again.

After that, Mayo alerted the rescue services.

Jooke Robins, a whale expert at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, says the fisherman was probably in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Humans are not on the menu with humpback whales and according to Robins, the whale could not have swallowed Packard.

"Their mouths are quite wide, but their throats are quite narrow. There is no way a whale can swallow something as large as a human being," said Robins, who stressed the importance of keeping people at a safe distance when seeing a whale.

"It is very important to give the whales some space," said the expert.

Packard emerged from the water unscathed after his collision with the humpback whale.

Packard emerged from the water unscathed after his collision with the humpback whale.

Photo: Facebook/Michael Packard

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