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!

Blown-Up Whales

June 1st, 2011

Inflatable whales gathered around Sydney Harbor, Australia, to mark the start of the annual whale migration season in that area.

Dead Whale on Pacific Beach to be buried

April 20th, 2011

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.

Media links:

Archived copy of the video from the Exploding Whale video portal on YouTube:

40th anniversary wrap-up

November 16th, 2010

All 40th anniversary content has been archived on our new 40th anniversary page. This includes several news articles, still images, and three videos.

40th anniversary of the Exploding Whale

November 9th, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010, marks the 40th anniversary of Oregon’s Exploding Whale. Please take a moment to reflect.

And be sure to join the virtual celebration on Facebook!

The blast blasted blubber beyond all believable bounds.
– Paul Linnman, TV news reporter, Nov. 12, 1970

Sick Humpback killed by explosives in South Africa

October 1st, 2010

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: