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tidester 05-09-2005 12:00 PM

The Amazing Exploding Whale
This site shows it all!

Shag 05-09-2005 01:38 PM

Re: The Amazing Exploding Whale
I bet I have seen that 100 times. Its a hoot! You would think that it was some kind of urban legend but it's not. I guess they have some "good ol boys" in Oregon too. :grin:

Semi 05-09-2005 07:33 PM

Re: The Amazing Exploding Whale
Another amazing exploding whale!

A dead, 50-tonne sperm whale exploded in a busy street in Taiwan, showering passers-by in blubber, blood and innards.

The 17-metre whale died after beaching itself and was being hauled to a research station through Tainan City on Wednesday on a flat-bed truck.

Television reports showed a pavement, street and several parked cars covered in dead whale fallout.

"What a stinking mess! This blood and other stuff that blew out on the road is disgusting, and the smell is really awful," said one resident quoted by the website.

The explosion was caused by a build-up of gasses in the decomposing carcass.

"When the pressure build-up was too great, the whale's belly just exploded and spilled blood and the innards on the street," the website said, quoting National Cheng Kung University marine biologist Professor Wang Chien-ping.

Many people had reportedly gathered along the road to film and take photos of the dead whale en route to the research centre where an autopsy was to be performed.

Authorities were also planning to preserve the mammal, the largest whale ever to wash up on Taiwan's shores.

Apparently, even after the explosion, enough of the whale remained intact and authorities still intend to preserve the remains of the remains.

The whale was discovered along a stretch of nearby coast on Saturday. According to reports, it took 13 hours, three large lifting cranes and 50 workers to load the whale on the trailer truck for its final journey

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