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A Washed Ashore Whale Carcass Has Town Worried It Might EXPLODE!

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a washed ashore whale carcass has town worried it might explode

Look out! It might blow!

The small Canadian town of Trout River in Newfoundland, everyone is on edge these days — and it has to do with a beached whale carcass.

The decomposing Blue Whale, which showed up on the town's beach sometime in the past month, weighs over 60 tons, and many townsfolk are concerned about the flammable gases that are building up inside it! Many believe it may in fact explode, and possibly hurt a person or two.

Such a notion isn't entirely impossible either, as Paul Jepson, a biologist at the Institute of Zoology in London, pointed out:

“As the whale decomposes it releases gases such as methane and ammonia that build-up inside the body cavities. There’s a real risk of an explosion, partly as a result of the build-up of pressure and also because these gases are flammable. When we’ve dealt with the decomposing carcasses of large whales stranded in Britain we first try to decompress the animal by sliding a knife into it. It’s amazing the pressures that can build-up inside it and it’s a great relief once this stage is complete.”

The massive Blue Whale is believed to have been one of nine whales that died after they were caught in a pack of ice, and residents of Trout River have been complaining of the smells of rotting flesh it has produced along with the explosion possibility.

However, one research scientist with Canada's fisheries department, Jack Lawson, believes the chances of an explosion occurring are quite slim. He said:

"At some point, the skin of the animal will lose some of its integrity as all of the connective tissue starts to break down. Eventually, that gas will seep out… It will just deflate like an old balloon."

Despite the unlikelihood of an explosion happening, experts have warned the town's residents to stay away from the rotting whale carcass as it may be carrying dangerous viruses and/or bacteria.

It sucks that this majestic animal died, but at this point we just hope no humans are injured from the whale carcass.

It seems the only way to make sure of that happening is to stay the heck away from it!!!

[Image via NTV News.]

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9 comments to “A Washed Ashore Whale Carcass Has Town Worried It Might EXPLODE!”

  1. Gill says – reply to this


    Jesus, Newfoundland has made it all the way to Perez Hilton.

  2. MichJB says – reply to this


    For a second there, I thought it was a picture of Dimmie KarTrashDian laying on the beach.

  3. Ti tang yu says – reply to this


    Sad, but its the cycle of life.

  4. Liz says – reply to this


    Never thought I'd see my little province on Perez!

  5. brenda says – reply to this


    Okay the people in Newfoundland ,are not that smart But looking at it I kinda thought it was kim Kartrashian.They should have dragged itback out to sea by tugs then shoot the dam thing so it would sink

  6. stacey says – reply to this


    Re: brenda – Newfoundlanders are not that smart?? And where are you from? Why dont you come down here and show us how easy it is to pull a 60 ton whale back out to sea, seeing how smart you are and how dumb we are! The town dont have the resources to haul it back out to sea that is the problem! Oh my ignorance is bliss *smh*

  7. Jocelyn says – reply to this


    Re: stacey – Newfoundlanders are not that smart?you cannot even spell Kim's last name!!also we do not drag and shoot things that are already dead,what would that accomplish?

  8. Vic says – reply to this


    Re: brenda

    You say Newfoundlanders are not that smart, yet you hardly spelled a word right/used correct punctuation in your entire "dam" post. Well done! (From a smart Newfoundlander)

  9. @v@ says – reply to this


    Lol @ the newfies. At least they didn't try to blow it up with dyna mite like they did to a whale in Florence, Oregon in 1970. Go to 'I Fucking Love Science' and search 'When Exploding Whales Goes Horribly Wrong. There's a video.