Archive for September, 2008

Initial explosive charge failed to kill stranded whale

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

In a sad and gruesome twist, the initial explosive charge set off directly above the brain of a stranded juvenile humpback whale in Western Australia failed to kill the animal. After the whale continued thrashing for several minutes, a wildlife officer began firing several shots into its head, as can be seen in the photo […]

Whale euthanized with explosives

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

It’s been almost exactly three years since the last time explosives were used to end the life of a suffering whale. This merciful act has happened again today, September 30, 2008, in West Australia. Explosives have been used to put down a dying 15 tonne humpback whale stranded in shallow waters at Jurien Bay. The […]

Explosive charge to end stranded whale’s life in Western Australia

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Wildlife officials in Australia are planning to euthanize a dying, stranded whale with an explosive charge directed into the creature’s brain. The 16-ton juvenile humpback whale has been stranded for five days in Jurien Bay in Western Australia and is believed to be either sick or injured. Officials had originally planned to keep the whale […]

Valuable reminder lost in removal of “New Carissa” wreck

Friday, September 26th, 2008

The New Carissa was a wood-chip freighter that ran aground on the Oregon coast during a storm in February 1999. Initial efforts to refloat and tow the ship back out to sea failed. As cracks developed in the hull, fuel oil began leaking out, and to avert an environmental disaster, officials decided to try burning […]

Whale carcass on UK beach is explosion risk

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

The carcass of a dead minke whale that washed up on the west coast of England is at risk of exploding as gases released by the rotting flesh collect inside the whale. Minke whales are common in the waters around the UK, but carcasses rarely wash up in this area. As a result, the dead […]