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Exploding Sperm Whale

Sun, 1st Feb 2004

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!

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