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The Curious Case of Exploding Whales

The Curious Case of Exploding Whales

By Gilles Messier

Whales are among the largest animals to have ever lived, with the Blue Whale, at a whopping 173 metric tons, holding the absolute record. This is exactly what happened on January 29, 2004, when a 17-meter Sperm Whale washed ashore at Tainan City, Taiwan. The exploding whale of Florence soon became a part of Oregon folklore, and as the years passed the incident began to be regarded as little more than an urban legend. They thought the whale had washed ashore recently, and were hot on the trail of a governmental blubber flub-up. “It amazes me that people are still calling about this story after nearly 25 years.”Fifty years later, the Exploding Whale still evokes mixed feelings for those who were there.