July 19, 2007

Exploding Sperm Whale (pardon the pun)

Residents of Tainan learned a lesson in whale biology after the decomposing remains of a 60-ton sperm whale exploded on a busy street, showering nearby cars and shops with blood and organs and stopping traffic for hours.

The 56-foot-long whale had been on a truck headed for a necropsy by researchers, when gases from internal decay caused its entrails to explode in the southern city of Tainan.

Bonus Video: In November 1970, the Oregon State Highway Division got a whale of a problem: a dead 45-foot 8-ton whale was found washed up in a beach near Florence, Oregon.

So, what did they decide to do to get rid of it: Dyno-mite!

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