Town Fears Dead Whale Might Soon Explode
Newfoundland residents looking for help
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2014 4:38 PM CDT
In this photo, a blue whale comes up for air while feeding on abundant krill on Monterey Bay near Monterey, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jodi Frediani)

(Newser) – It's bad enough that an endangered blue whale washed up on the shores of the Newfoundland town of Trout River. Worse is that the carcass has ballooned in size and looks set to explode at any moment, reports CBC. Town officials say they don't have the expertise or the money to get rid of the 82-foot-long whale before that occurs, but they're having trouble getting help from the federal government.

"There is a possibility as well, with all these gases inside the whale, that it may possibly explode," says the town clerk. "That's a major concern for us." The whale is believed to have been the victim of especially heavy ice this year in the waters off Newfoundland, explains CTV. At least nine carcasses were spotted in a large local bay, and two have so far washed up. (Click to read about a researcher who learned about exploding whales the hard way, or to read about one of the most famous exploding whales in US history.)

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HANKHILL
May 1, 2014 2:49 PM CDT
quick eat it!!!
kccarmea
Apr 30, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
I saw a video of a whale exploding and it was the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. A man was cutting it, I guess into smaller more manageable pieces and as he cut everything just exploded out of it, the man ran for his life and probably has Vietnam flashbacks from it.
K.C.
Apr 30, 2014 4:12 PM CDT
Another last thought. We all know that cartoons are grossly exaggerated satire, but the situation does call to my mind one episode of "The Simpsons". Now 'toons are centered on ridiculing the stupidities of people, and there was plenty of that in the "Bluella" episode. However, that episode was another of the few "Simpsons" I don't like to watch. The satire is clever,it is too close to reality and I can only hope others will learn from it.