Why is it dangerous to stand near a dead whale? Whales are truly fascinating creatures. They are so big, that you could easily walk through a blue whale’s arteries. That’s why a beached whale so easily gathers crowds of onlookers. But you shouldn’t come too close…
Why dead whales tend to explode 1:10
How to avoid this 4:19
The most terrifying whale explosion ever 5:30
What happens to a whale when it dies at sea 7:24
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– The hazardous thing about dead whales is that they tend to… explode. It happens, because after a whale dies, its insides start to rot, giving off methane, a highly explosive gas, as a byproduct. That means innocent bystanders risk not only getting covered with disgusting vile-smelling goo but also getting injured by a whale’s enormous heavy guts flying out of its body at high speeds.
– This process of decomposition happens in the body of pretty much any dead creature. It’s just that whales explode like a volcano due to the sheer size of these mammals. The bigger an animal is (especially one with tough skin and a thick layer of fat), the more gas and pressure build up in its body.
– But so far the most spectacular and terrifying whale explosion happened in Oregon in 1970. A large sperm whale washed ashore in Florence and soon turned into a huge smelly disaster. The blast was so powerful that it rocked the beach! Chunks of rotting flesh and internal organs flew into the air and started to fall on the horrified crowd.
– When a whale dies at sea, its carcass eventually sinks to the seafloor. It’s too massive for predators to tear it apart, so the dead animal typically arrives at the bottom in one piece.
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