Exploding Whale Tribute Song

March 10th, 2013

Here it is folks — a brand new tribute song for the Exploding Whale!

Click the play button on the embedded SoundCloud player below and then read on to learn about the artist and his inspiration….

Johnny Stuka’s SoundCloud profile reads as follows:

Johnny Stuka is the pilot of a stolen Stuka Dive Bomber that crashed into the English Channel in 1999. Fortunately his life raft inflated. Unfortunately, his whistle sunk to the bottom. Since then he has bobbed on the currents, occassionally sighting the white cliffs but always whilst being driven back out to sea by weather. More recently he has sighted France but is unsure how close he should go.

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It’s that time of year again….

November 12th, 2012

Just a quick note to wish you all a…

Happy 42nd Exploding Whale Day!


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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