A diver from the United States was swallowed by a humpback whale — but he survived. He told the Cape Cod Times about his adventures.

A man was fishing for lobsters at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean near the coast on the morning of June 11. But suddenly, he was surrounded by utter darkness.

“All of a sudden, I felt this strong jolt, and then there was complete darkness all around. I felt like I was moving, and like the whale was pushing me with the muscles in my mouth,” Packard said after being discharged from the hospital.

At first, Packard thought that he was attacked by a shark, but after finding no teeth in the unknown creature and realizing that he did not suffer any serious injuries, the diver realized that he was inside the whale.

“I was completely inside. It was completely dark. I thought, there’s no way I’m going to get out of here. That’s it, I’m a dead man, ” the man shared.

Then the diver began to move actively. The whale surfaced, shook its head, and released him. Inside the whale, according to the man, he stayed about half a minute.

Packard’s partner spotted him on the surface of the water, dragged him into the boat and took him to shore. The diver was taken to a local hospital. Doctors, having found no life-threatening injuries, discharged him a few hours later.