January 29, 2004
Thar (S)he Blows!
A whale of an explosion in Tainan, Taiwan. Image from Taiwan Apple Daily.
A couple of days ago, I read eTaiwan News' account of a sperm whale that exploded in Taiwan. I remember thinking to myself, "Man, I wish I could see a picture of that!" Well, thanks to MSNBC and Reuters, I can now see that image! Their lovely article today includes full description and a pre-explosion picture.
The sperm whale, 17 meters long and 50 tons, was being transported for research before it exploded. It was beached over the weekend and close to death when someone found it. Apparently, the explosion was caused by natural gas inside the whale as it decomposed. Nothing like clean, natural gas.
Fitting to its name, the whale also had a huge penis, measuring about 5 feet long. This has caused more than 100 residents to check out the whale corpse and view its largesse.
Posted by tien mao in Random at 3:57 PM
omg! that is so horrible! yet it is also so funny, ah the pun opportunities for a "sperm whale exploding"... lol I feel really bad for whoever has to clean that up! jiz- I mean jeez!
Posted by: Chris at January 29, 2004 4:53 PM
I bet that that scooter it the photo belongs to the guy with his hand over his mouth.
Posted by: astrid at January 29, 2004 5:31 PM
Note to self: look at tien's little read book after eating dinner.
Ever see the video of the beached whale in Oregon the state tried to blow up with dynamite?
Posted by: joe s at January 29, 2004 6:22 PM
oh my g-d, that's disgusting!
i'm now going to have the heebie jeebies the rest of the day
Posted by: dahl at January 30, 2004 8:49 AM
yep, pretty nasty.
and joe, i haven't seen the oregon whale.
Posted by: tien at January 30, 2004 12:12 PM
OMG, this is even better than the penis cone. What a day in the little read book!
There have been times when I felt my stomach would similarly explode!
Posted by: Justin at January 30, 2004 12:56 PM
at first when i saw the heading, thar (s)he blows.. and the image was still loading, i was thinking NO you DIdn't!
thought the compass pics were staying hush hush!
Posted by: jess at January 30, 2004 2:11 PM
this quote in the article rocks!:
"[the whale] drew the attention of locals because of its large penis, measured at some five feet, the Taipei Times reported.
"More than 100 Tainan city residents, mostly men, have reportedly gone to see the corpse to 'experience' the size of its penis," the newspaper reported."
Posted by: jeannette at January 30, 2004 2:32 PM
Tien, that's hilarious. I don't know if I'm just not feeling sensitive enough to be grossed out or saddened, but the whole situation is too absurd not to be laughed at. A friend of mine is in Tapei right now ... I should ask him if he's heard about this.
Posted by: Steve at February 3, 2004 2:29 PM
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