Is the Story About the Whale Almost Swallowing the Lobsterman Fake?

Some experts are finding lobsterman Michael Packard’s whale of a tale about being chewed up and spit out by a humpback tough to swallow, per The New York Post.

In case you’re not familiar, Packard claimed last week that he was almost swallowed by a humpback whale while diving for lobsters off the Cape Cod coast but suffered only a dislocated knee and soft-tissue damage after being spit out.

“This is how you’re going to die. In the mouth of a whale,” Packard recalled. “I just was struggling but I knew this was this massive creature, there was no way I was going to bust myself out of there. Then I was just laying on the surface floating and saw his tail and he went back down, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, I got out of that, I survived.'”

If it really happened …

“People who are in the fishing industry, and people who know whales, are finding this hard to believe,” a Massachusetts lobsterman who has fished the area for 44 years told The Post. “It’s a first-ever that this would happen. For a guy to be in the middle of that giant school of fish corralled by a whale doesn’t make sense.”

An unnamed emergency room doctor at the Cape Cod hospital where Packard was treated also found it hard to believe the 57-year-old wasn’t hurt by the sudden change in water pressure that would have occurred if the story was on the sea level. “He reportedly ascended from a 45-foot depth in 20 to 40 seconds and didn’t have any evidence of barotrauma?” the ER doctor asked.