Archive for the 'Whales in General' Category

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Sick Humpback killed by explosives in South Africa

Friday, 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: South Africa […]