Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

A Whale of a Problem

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This video documents what happens when a dead beached whale, half a ton of dynamite, and an exclusion zone that was way too small all interact on an Oregon beach [2:35]


  1. #1 Bob O'H
    June 11, 2008

    Was a bowl of petunias involved too?

  2. #2 Philip H.
    June 11, 2008

    No, the petunias are smarter then that.

  3. #3 Rob
    June 11, 2008

    I was there!!! Not actually for the explosion, but the day before. I was a small kid at the time. Along with all residents of Florence at the time, we had to go see what all of the news was about. You know you live in a small town when the whole family takes an outing to see a rotting carcass! Great fun! Not to be topped was an occurrence on the same beach a few years later when 21 whales washed up. Learning from the first mistake, they decided to burn these. What a wonderful week that was! Thanks for the memories!

  4. #4 Art
    June 11, 2008

    Was a bowl of petunias involved too?

    Not obscure at all to anyone who knows where their towel is.

  5. #5 Sheri
    June 11, 2008

    Great comment, Bob. This must be one of the granddaddies of viral videos, and it’s still one of my favorites (along with Pinky the Cat).

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