Whale Explodes All Over Researcher

Trapped gas inside causes biologist to get doused in gunk

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 28, 2013 1:45 PM CST
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(Newser) – Doesn't it just suck when you're trying to slice open a dead sperm whale, and it ends up exploding right in your face? That's what happened to biologist Bjarni Mikkelsen in Denmark's Faroe Islands this week, the New York Daily News reports. What was Mikkelsen doing cutting open a 45-foot-long whale carcass? Its skeleton is to be exhibited in a Danish museum. And why did it explode? All the trapped gas inside. The whale died after becoming trapped in a narrow channel, according to the broadcasting corporation that caught the moment on video.

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