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Exploding Whales / Unintended Consequences

Dynamite was used to blow up a rotting beached whale, with unintended consequences.


There have been several cases of whale carcasses bursting due to a buildup of gas in the decomposition process. Actual explosives have also been used to assist in disposing of whale carcasses – ordinarily after towing the carcass out to sea. A widely reported case of an exploding whale occurred in Florence, Oregon, in November 1970, when a dead sperm whale was blown up using dynamite by the Oregon Highway Division (now the Oregon Department of Transportation) in an attempt to dispose of its rotting carcass. The explosion threw whale flesh over 800 feet (240 m) away. American humorist Dave Barry wrote about it in his newspaper column in 1990 after viewing a videotape of television footage of the explosion, and later the same footage circulated on the Internet. It was also parodied in the 2007 movie Reno 911!: Miami and in the 2018 Australian comedy Swinging Safari.

Read about the Oregon Incident, and other Leviathanic explosions.
Tags: animals - marine mammals, animals - whales, chaos, demoltions, end of world, exploding whales, man's inhumanty to whale, silly human race, spontaneous combustion, states - oregon, tragic incidents, unintended consequences
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