Archive for the 'Also of Interest' Category

UPDATE: Exploding carcass researchers win award

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Two years ago, we brought you the fascinating story of some German and Swiss researchers who had investigated whether the carcasses of prehistoric “whales” (aka ichthyosaurs) ever exploded, which could explain why bone fossils are sometimes found scattered about instead of all together. And today we have an update on their work.

Columnist and Exploding Whale fan Bob Welch retires

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Long-time Register-Guard columnist Bob Welch, ardent fan of the Exploding Whale, wrote his last column on December 5, 2013. Bob’s many columns mentioning Oregon’s Exploding Whale have long been featured on this site. Bob wrote several columns that featured Oregon’s Exploding Whale prominently, but he also loved to weave in references to the Exploding Whale [...]

Exploding Whale Tribute Song

Sunday, 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 [...]

Inflated whale carcass mistaken for capsized ship

Sunday, 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. Shark warning in southern Cape – News24 Whale carcass washes up on rocks – Independent Online Whale carcass washes ashore in S.Africa – AFP S. [...]

Comedian Jim Gaffigan on whales

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

In the UK, whales belong to the Crown — even when beached

Thursday, 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 [...]

A book about a blob

Friday, 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 [...]

Ichthyosaur goes boom! Or did it?

Saturday, 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 [...]