Archive for the 'Exploding Whales' 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.

Sperm whale explodes in Faroe Islands

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

On November 26, 2013, the carcass of a dead sperm whale violently exploded in the Faroe Islands when a marine biologist began cutting it open. Four sperm whales became stranded between the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy. Two of the whales eventually died. A few days later, one of the dead whales was towed to [...]

Happy 43rd Exploding Whale Day!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Today — November 12, 2013 — marks the 43rd anniversary of Oregon’s Exploding Whale. So, Happy Exploding Whale Day to you! Of course, we’re all missing George Thornton, the Oregon highway engineer most responsible for the infamous blubber blast. He passed away just over two weeks ago. Alas, life goes on. And occasionally we even [...]

George Thornton, the man behind Oregon’s exploding whale, has died

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

George Thornton, the highway engineer who supervised the detonation of 20 cases of dynamite in an attempt to dispose of a dead sperm whale on the Oregon Coast, died on Sunday, October 27, 2013, in Medford, Oregon. He was 84 years old. Thornton worked for the Oregon Highway Division (later renamed the Oregon Department of [...]

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 [...]

It’s that time of year again….

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Just a quick note to wish you all a… Happy 42nd Exploding Whale Day!  

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. [...]

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 [...]