Exploding Whale Video: There She blows! (VIDEO)

A job that takes guts: Bjarni Mikkelsen tried to cut open a sperm whale carcass which exploded in his face
A job that takes guts: Bjarni Mikkelsen tried to cut open a sperm whale carcass which exploded in his face

Sperm Whale Explodes His Guts

A sperm whale that was beached and died in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic exploded spewing tons of guts and organs into the air. Bjaini Mikkelsen a marine biologist at the national museum of the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic was the one who started the cut to open the beached whale.

The exploding sperm whale spewed the guts and organs because of the built up gas that was inside his body. The methane gas builds in both animals and humans once they have died. If not released, then the animal or human will explode, like what happened with the sperm whale.

The sperm whale had been dead for two days, and the gas was too much for the animal’s body anymore and had to find an escape, which is what happened when Mikkelsen cut into it. The guts and organs just barely missed the biologist.

exploding sperm whal Easy does it: Marine biologist Bjarni Mikkelsen approaches the 45ft whale with an extra-long sharp knife
exploding sperm whal Easy does it: Marine biologist Bjarni Mikkelsen approaches the 45ft whale with an extra-long sharp knife
Gruesome: By the time the worker on the Faroe Islands turned round to escape, it was too late
Gruesome: By the time the worker on the Faroe Islands turned round to escape, it was too late
exploding sperm whal
exploding sperm whal

The residents of the Danish community wanted to use the skeleton at the museum. The exploding sperm whalegot stuck and was too big to remove from the narrow passage where it got stuck. All of this was captured on video by the Farolse Broadcasting Corporation. The video has been viewed on YouTube over 300,000 times.

In 2004, a sperm whale exploded due to putrefaction in Taiwan.

In the 1970s in Oregon, workers blew up a dead whale to clear it off the beach. The event, captured in a classically bizarre news report, sent chunks of whale everywhere shocking and dismaying the reporter and destroying several cars parked as far as a kilometre away.

According to TheExplodingWhale.Com:

The original footage of the exploding whale first appeared on KATU Channel 2 Portland, OR in November 1970. The story was reported by Paul Linnman, and the cameraman was Doug Brazil.

The original footage of the exploding whale first appeared on KATU Channel 2 Portland, OR in November 1970.

On The Web:

‘There she blows!’ Horrifying footage shows washed-up sperm whale EXPLODING as biologist tries to cut up its carcass
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2514317/Horrifying-footage-shows-washed-sperm-whale-EXPLODING-biologist-tries-cut-carcass.html

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