Archive for the 'Media Coverage' Category

Exploding whales on Saturday Night Live

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Watch Charlize Theron Get Hit In The Face By An Exploding Whale On ‘Saturday Night Live’: “Saturday Night Live – Bikini Beach Party” – NBC/Hulu

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Dead Whale on Pacific Beach to be buried

Wednesday, 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 [...]

40th anniversary wrap-up

Tuesday, 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All 40th anniversary content has been archived on our new 40th anniversary page.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 articles & videos – TheExplodingWhale.com

40th anniversary of the Exploding Whale

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010, marks the 40th anniversary of Oregon’s Exploding Whale. Please take a moment to reflect. Dynamite idea 40 years ago blew up into a whale of a story (video) – KVAL ‘We almost didn’t get it on air’ (video) – KATU 40th Anniversary of the Exploding Whale (includes video)- KATU AM Northwest [...]

Dynamite not an option this time

Monday, March 9th, 2009

According to Oregon state officials, dynamite is not an option being considered for how to dispose of a 40-foot fin whale carcass that washed up on an Oregon beach over the weekend. The carcass came to rest on an easily-accessible beach just a few miles north of where a giant sperm whale corpse washed up [...]