January 29th, 2004


Exploding whale [l]

Thar she blows! Dead whale explodes
Taiwanese street, shops showered after gases built up inside

MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 11:48 a.m. ET Jan. 29, 2004

TAIPEI - Residents of Tainan learned a lesson in whale biology after the decomposing remains of a 60-ton sperm whale exploded on a busy street, showering nearby cars and shops with blood and organs and stopping traffic for hours.

The 56-foot-long whale had been on a truck headed for a necropsy by researchers, when gases from internal decay caused its entrails to explode in the southern city of Tainan.

Residents and shop owners wore masks while trying to clean up the spilt blood and entrails.
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