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Newsflare - Exploding sperm whale carcass caught on camera
A purportedly dead sperm whale exploded after it was pierced by a local on the Faroe Islands, its innards blasting forth as if spewed from a sideways volcano. And it was all captured on video. The marine biologist in the clip was reportedly tasked with cutting the carcass up to avoid further health hazard but hit a gas pocket through the whale's blubber. Combustion of a decomposing leviathan has been reported before.
There have been several cases of whale carcasses bursting due to a buildup of gas in the decomposition process. Actual explosives have also been used to assist in disposing of whale carcasses — ordinarily after towing the carcass out to sea. A widely reported case of an exploding whale occurred in Florence, Oregon , in November , when a dead sperm whale was blown up using dynamite by the Oregon Highway Division now the Oregon Department of Transportation in an attempt to dispose of its rotting carcass.