Part of the show Pain and Painkillers, and Chemistry of everyday life
This week a giant sperm whale exploded in the streets of Taiwan. Apparently the 60 tonne whale, which had died after becoming stranded on a beach, was on it's way to a museum when it violently exploded, covering passers by in whale shrapnel. Nasty! Marine biologists think that the explosion was triggered by gases accumulating inside the whale as it decomposed. A very nasty case of wind I think!