Inflated whale carcass mistaken for capsized ship

April 15th, 2012

The body of a dead and rotting Bryde’s whale, inflated from the gases of its decomposition, was mistaken for a capsized ship as it drifted toward the South African coast.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan on whales

April 15th, 2012

Whales in the News (2012-03-22)

March 22nd, 2012

Welcome to the second installment of Whales in the News:

Whales in the News (2012-03-15)

March 15th, 2012

Welcome to the first edition of Whales in the News here on TheExplodingWhale.com! In this series of posts, we’ll be aggregating recent whale-related news and articles for your entertainment and education. And so without further ado, here are some of the top whale stories from the past week:
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In the UK, whales belong to the Crown — even when beached

March 8th, 2012

In the United Kingdom, whales are considered “royal fish,” and as such, they belong to the Crown upon being caught or landing upon the English shore. The rules evidently apply to dead and rotting beached whales, too.

In the BBC News article What happens after a whale is beached?, reporter Caroline Lowbridge describes how beached whales are (supposed to be) handled in the UK.
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A book about a blob

February 17th, 2012

Here’s a book that may be of interest to Exploding Whale aficionados: The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob and Other Matters of Importance by Theodore Carter.

For those of you that may be unfamiliar with the term, a “sea blob” — also known as a “globster” — is an “unidentified organic mass that washes up on the shoreline of an ocean or other body of water.” The title of the book refers to a highly publicized event in 2003 where one such “organic mass” washed up on the coast of Chile. Biologists were unable to readily determine what the “blob” was, and the world had to wait nearly a year before DNA testing revealed it to be the remains of a sperm whale. Many such events have occurred over the decades with the remains often misidentified as sea monsters, giant octopuses, or modern-day plesiosaurs.
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Ichthyosaur goes boom! Or did it?

February 4th, 2012

Ichthyosaurs were giant marine reptiles that existed between 90 and 245 million years ago. This was, in case you weren’t sure, before the Internet. But still, one wonders — if the interweb were around during the Jurassic period, do you think there would have been an Exploding Ichthyosaur website? Recently, a group of scientists published a paper that could help answer that question.
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41st Anniversary!

November 12th, 2011

Happy Exploding Whale Day! Today is the 41st anniversary of Oregon’s Exploding Whale!