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The Exploding Whale

Posted June 8, 2007

One of our viewers, Mike Guay, of Apex, sent me an e-mail yesterday about a video he'd seen on YouTube.  I'd seen it before, but had forgotten it.  There's a good chance you've seen it, too.  The BBC says it's one of the most popular videos in Web history.

In November 1970, a sperm whale beached itself and died in Florence, Oregon.  The state transportation department decided to use a half-ton of dynamite to get rid of the rotting 8-ton carcass.

The results were -- unexpected.  KATU-TV in Portland captured it all on film (they weren't using videotape back then), and I thank them for permission to show the video on the air this morning.

Watch and enjoy.




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  • NotFromHere Jun 11, 2007

    I don't understand why they just didn't tie a rope to the tail, attach it to a boat and haul the carcass out to sea about 50 miles. Surely the sharks and Orcas would have enjoyed the feast.

  • Lukey Jun 10, 2007

    If, and that's a big IF, there had bee a huge pound of sand placed on the leward side of the whale then the blast would have been directed mostly toward the sea. It would have taken a very big mound of dune-like sand to get the job done. Even then those nearby (as far as a half mile) would have to contend with sand travelin g at the speed of hurricane force. If hit by this sand, depending on your nearness to the blast site, the sand could even penetrate the skin. This post may or may not prove interesting. I would like to read other ideas concerniing the moving this blubber.

  • Scarecrow Cow Jun 9, 2007

    I've LOVED that clip ever since I first saw it a few years ago. I can definitely see why it's one of the most popular pieces on the web.

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