Archive for the 'Whales in the News' 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 […]

Whales in the News (2012-03-22)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Welcome to the second installment of Whales in the News: 50 Years of KATU TV: A whale of a story that became a legend KATU, the Portland, Oregon, TV station that originally broadcasted Paul Linnman’s famous news report on the original Exploding Whale, celebrated their 50th anniversary on March 15, 2012. In honor of the […]

Whales in the News (2012-03-15)

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Welcome to the first edition of Whales in the News here on! In this series of posts, we’ll be aggregating recent whale-related news and articles for your entertainment and education. And so without further ado, here are some of the top whale stories from the past week: