Wednesday’s Wonderful World Of Wikipedia: Exploding Whales

This Wednesday’s Wonderful World Of Wikipedia brings us exploding whales. If your a “save the whales” type person, you may want to skip this one. Exploding whales have been documented on two notable occasions, as well as several lesser-known ones. The most famous explosion occurred in the United States at Florence, Oregon, in 1970, when a dead sperm whale (originally reported as a gray whale) was blown up by the Oregon Highway Division in an attempt to dispose of its rotting carcass. The other best-reported case of an exploding whale was in Taiwan in 2004, when a buildup of gas inside a decomposing sperm whale caused it to explode while it was being transported for a post-mortem examination.

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