Jimmy Kimmel Whale Swallowed Lobster Diver Interview – NBC Boston
Michael Packard, the Massachusetts lobster diver swallowed by a whale last week, apologized to the huge mammal during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Wednesday evening.
“I want to apologize to the whale for getting in its way, and I never will,” he said.
Kimmel toast Packard the experience while the diver sat inside a mock-up of a whale’s mouth specially designed for its appearance. The late night host said, like many, that he didn’t believe in the whale tale when he first heard it.
“It truly is one of the craziest stories I’ve ever heard,” Kimmel said. “You will probably tell this story until the day you die.”
Packard told Kimmel he felt like he had been hit “by a freight truck” when the whale swallowed him while he was diving for lobster off Cape Cod.
“That bang, and everything got instantly dark, and I’m just moving, traveling fast through the water. I’m like, ‘Damn, did I just get eaten by a shark?’ But no, a shark’s mouth isn’t that big, and I can’t feel any teeth. “
He said the experience was like being in a moving car only with rushing water.
“I was struggling and hitting and kicking and I just thought, ‘I’m not going to get through this unless he decides to let me go. I’m dead. That’s how I got it. will go. ‘”
In total, Packard said he was probably in the whale’s mouth for about 30 or 40 seconds before it spit it out.
When he got back to the boat he said the first thing he exclaimed was, “I was in the [expletive] whale face! “
Packard also told Kimmel that it was not technically “swallowed” by the whale, since it was undigested and had been spat out.
“I wasn’t swallowed, Jimmy,” he said. “I was in his mouth.”
Before leaving the show, Packard received a few farewell gifts from Kimmel, including a “Free Willy” DVD, a whale spray can, a “Kiss me, I got swallowed by a whale” t-shirt. “and a special Fudgie the Whale cake with a man inside.
Packard also praised the company that sells the lobsters it catches, Wellfleet Shellfish Company in Eastham.