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. Read the rest of this entry »
A popular beach on the Washington coast became home to a dead gray whale, and the state moved quickly to bury the carcass before scores of clam diggers were to arrive just two days later. The 38-foot female was the third whale to wash up in the area in recent years.
In the report linked below, the reporter makes explicit mention of Oregon’s Exploding Whale:
“I think it’s the best thing they can do, unless they can take it out there and let the fish eat it or whatever,” she said.
That’s wouldn’t work; it would just come back with the tide.
And everyone knows that blowing it up is a lousy idea. They tried that, with disastrous results some years back in Florence, Oregon.
Details are few, but a humpback whale was euthanized with explosives on September 29, 2010, after stranding on a reef near Struisbaai Harbour, South Africa. It was determined that the 30-foot whale was sick and had little chance of survival.
Links to a couple news articles are available on our permanent archive page:
Thanks to reader David R., we’ve learned about a stranded humpback whale that was euthanized via an explosive charge. The sick 31-foot, 12-ton whale had been stuck in Princess Royal Harbor in southwestern Australia for two weeks. Authorities imposed a 1-km exclusion zone around the whale before detonating a charge directly above the whale’s brain. Officials plan to bury the carcass.
People come to the Exploding Whale from so many different directions. Not surprisingly, many are often
unsure of the event's authenticity. Some see the widely-distributed 1990 article by syndicated humor columnist
Dave Barry and think that great artistic license was taken in his retelling. (It wasn't.) Some have seen stories
in the newspaper or on TV and think a local reporter has been duped. (They haven't been.) Some people assume the whale
was alive and come to protest such cruelty. (The whale was definitely dead.) And there are the lucky few
who stumble upon it purely by accident....
The carcass of a sperm whale (often reported as a grey whale) had been rotting on the beach just south of
Florence, Oregon, USA, for several days. At the time, the Oregon Highway Division (now called the Oregon
Department of Transportation) had jurisdiction over beaches and decided to dispose of the whale the same way they
would clear a large boulder from a highway construction project. The rest is, as they say, history.
In case there was any doubt in your mind as to whether this really happened or not, then-reporter Paul Linnman
from KATU Channel 2 in Portland, Oregon, and his photographer Doug Brazil were on the scene and captured this
incredible event on film. The surreal images, dry humor, and deadpan delivery of the narrative are
The video is just the beginning. The purpose of this website is to collect all the evidence, resources, and
events related to the Exploding Whale, including newspaper articles, transcripts, reading lists, accounts
of other exploding whales (yes, there's been more than one!), and more.
This website is not affiliated with the enjoyable book, The Exploding Whale, nor its author, Paul Linnman.
The article The Farside Comes to Life in Oregon was written by Dave Barry.
The original news reel appeared on Channel 2 KATU Portland, OR.
The original QuickTime and AVI videos were collected from the Internet; the original creator of these files is unknown to me. The files presented here have been recompressed and/or reencoded to improve performance.