Archive for the 'Whales in General' Category

Stranded whale blown up

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Thanks to reader David R., we’ve learned about a stranded humpback whale that was euthanized via an explosive charge. The sick 31-foot, 12-ton whale had been stuck in Princess Royal Harbor in southwestern Australia for two weeks. Authorities imposed a 1-km exclusion zone around the whale before detonating a charge directly above the whale’s brain. […]

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 […]

Whale perishes on Oregon Coast

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

The Sei fin whale observed struggling in the surf along the Oregon Coast on Friday, March 6, 2009, is believed to have died and washed up close to where officials lost sight of it late Friday afternoon. Update: Biologists now believe that the 5040-foot whale that died along the Oregon Coast was, in fact, an […]

Whale struggling on Oregon Coast

Friday, March 6th, 2009

A whale, possibly entangled in the line from a crab pot, is struggling in the surf near Florence, OR. Officials believe it is a

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 […]

Video: Jurien Bay exploding whale

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Here’s a video from TheWest.com.au on the Jurien Bay exploding whale. (Note: while the video does show the whale thrashing in the surf, it does not contain any graphic images either during or following the explosion.)

Initial explosive charge failed to kill stranded whale

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

In a sad and gruesome twist, the initial explosive charge set off directly above the brain of a stranded juvenile humpback whale in Western Australia failed to kill the animal. After the whale continued thrashing for several minutes, a wildlife officer began firing several shots into its head, as can be seen in the photo […]

Whale euthanized with explosives

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

It’s been almost exactly three years since the last time explosives were used to end the life of a suffering whale. This merciful act has happened again today, September 30, 2008, in West Australia. Explosives have been used to put down a dying 15 tonne humpback whale stranded in shallow waters at Jurien Bay. The […]