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 , 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. American humorist Dave Barry wrote about it in his newspaper column in 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 movie Reno ! An example of a spontaneously bursting whale carcass occurred in Taiwan in , when the buildup of gas inside a decomposing sperm whale caused it to burst in a crowded urban area while it was being transported for a post-mortem examination.
Thar she blows! Dead whale explodes in Taiwan city centre | The Times
A stranded foot, ton sperm whale dies on a beach in Taiwan. Researchers want the carcass so they can perform an autopsy for educational purposes. So they strap the dead whale onto a flat bed truck and head off for the research station. As they drive through the city of Tainan, the buildup of gases resulting from the ongoing decomposition bursts through the rotting blubber. A river of whale blood, intestines and organs floods the city street. And another exploding whale tale is born!
How a 50-TONNE sperm whale EXPLODED in street covering horrified bystanders in body parts
By Esther Hwang February 5, There she blows! Residents in Tainan, Taiwan had an involuntary first hand encounter with the mechanisms behind decomposition when a dead sperm whale exploded on the transporter truck carrying it to the city's National Cheng Kung University for a necropsy. Unfortunately this incident occurred in the middle of a busy city street in the city.
TAIWAN has lived with the threat of invasion from mainland China for the past five decades, but before yesterday it had never worried about the threat from spontaneously combusting giant whales. A beached sperm whale weighing 50 tonnes covered the centre of Tainan City in blood, blubber and stinking entrails when it exploded while being moved to a research laboratory. Television pictures showed shops, parked cars and pedestrian walkways splattered with putrid scraps of whale. Piles of intestines and guts were strewn along the roads.