A TV crew in the Faroe Islands was recording when a scientist was nearly blown away by a tide of decomposing innards after the dead sperm whale he cut into exploded. (VIDEO BELOW ARTICLE)
The whale died when it got trapped in a narrow channel and locals wanted to preserve its skeleton in a museum. Marine biologist Bjarni Mikkelse told the Daily Mail it had been dead for about two days when he tried to open its stomach with a long blade. However, a large gas bubble erupted from the carcass of the whale almost immediately, nearly blowing the scientist away as well.
Strange as this incident might seem, it’s not the first time a whale has exploded on land. In 2004, a gas build-up inside a dead sperm whale in Taiwan led to a similar eruption. The most famous incident, however, took place in Oregon in 1970 when police blew up a whale carcass with a half-tonne of dynamite — sending giant chunks of blubber and flesh flying everywhere.
Video was posted on youtube 4 years ago and it’s still viral, description under the video is:
“A camera captured the moment a sperm whale carcass, which washed up in the Faroe Islands, exploded. The clip, which was shown of Faroese Television, has since gone viral, racking up millions of hits on YouTube alone. The dead whale had been lying on the beach for two days, after getting stuck in the waters between two islands, when marine biologist Bjarni Mikkelsen was sent to cut it open. As he made incisions in the whale’s side the carcass exploded due to a buildup of methane gas from the decomposition creating a loud sound and releasing a pungent smell. It is reported that a local museum will collect the skeleton and put it on display. Report by Laurie Blake.”
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