Exploding Sperm Whale

01 February 2004
Posted by Chris Smith.

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 bad case of wind, you might say...!

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