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Truck Spills – Whale

A 56-foot, 60-ton sperm whale died on a beach in Taiwan in January, 2004. Researchers wanted the carcass to perform an autopsy and for research, so they loaded the whale onto a tractor-trailer and set out through the city of Tainan, heading for the Shi-Tsau Natural Preserve. It took 13 hours, three cranes and 50 workers to get the whale loaded on the truck. Unfortunately, on the way through the city, gasses built up to a critical level in the whale and it exploded, spewing whale guts in the street, on the cars and over pedestrians. According to witnesses, the smell was pretty bad.
Somehow that little hose doesn’t seem like it would help a whole lot.

June 10, 2008 - Posted by | accident messes | ,


  1. Wonder what geniuses never thought about the gasses building up. If that happened here in the US, you would have billions of dollars worth of lawsuits!


    Guess not everyone is as greedy as us 😉

    Comment by Mike | June 11, 2008

  2. There was a sort of similar incident in a small coastal Oregon town a few years back where a dead whale ended up on the beach adjacent to the town. Not having the resources to move the body, and with the increasing odor from the decaying corpse, they decided to dynamite it thereby blowing it into smaller pieces that they, and the gulls, could handle. Unfortunately someone got over enthused with the dynamite and, instead of just breaking up the body into smaller pieces, the explosion blew it to a whole lot of small pieces that rained down all over the beach with one large piece totaling a car.

    Comment by oldstersview | June 11, 2008

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