The Exploding Whale
Posted June 8, 2007 8:41 a.m. EDT
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.