Archive for the 'Also of Interest' Category

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 […]

Blown-Up Whales

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

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

TV Alert! “The Whale that Exploded” to air Dec 13 & 15

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

A British documentary titled “The Whale that Exploded in the Street,” will be airing in the United States on December 13 and 15 on the National Geographic channel (aka “NatGeo”) under the shortened title, “The Whale that Exploded.” The documentary explores the explosion of a 50-ton sperm whale carcass that was being transported through the […]

Journalists love the Exploding Whale

Monday, October 6th, 2008

This is just further proof that journalists can’t get enough of the Exploding Whale. When there’s nothing else to write about, they can always rely on the old “EW” to meet their deadline. Peter O’Neill, a writer for the Timaru Herald which is located in the South Canterbury region of New Zealand, recently wrote an […]

Valuable reminder lost in removal of “New Carissa” wreck

Friday, September 26th, 2008

The New Carissa was a wood-chip freighter that ran aground on the Oregon coast during a storm in February 1999. Initial efforts to refloat and tow the ship back out to sea failed. As cracks developed in the hull, fuel oil began leaking out, and to avert an environmental disaster, officials decided to try burning […]

Whale carcass on UK beach is explosion risk

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

The carcass of a dead minke whale that washed up on the west coast of England is at risk of exploding as gases released by the rotting flesh collect inside the whale. Minke whales are common in the waters around the UK, but carcasses rarely wash up in this area. As a result, the dead […]

Bevy of bystanders beholds birth of baby beluga in BC

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

And now for the very best kind of “exploding” whale… From BBC News: After 15 months of pregnancy, Qila the Vancouver Aquarium’s 12-year-old beluga whale has given birth to her first calf. The birth was captured live by television cameras. Qila was the first beluga whale to be conceived and born in a Canadian aquarium. […]

“The Onion” riffs on exploding whales

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

In a long-lost piece written from the perspective of happy homemaker Patricia Halsworthy, the venerable satirists at The Onion let loose on the “have fun or else” mentality of the modern family vacation in… “I Refuse To Let Some Beached Whale Ruin Our Family Outing” The story is relayed as Patricia’s side of a conversation […]