Sixty-ton Whale Lands on Canadian Shores, Could Explode
By: Jodi Westrick
It's problem enough that a 60-ton whale carcass landed on the shores of a small fishing town in Newfoundland, but residents have legitimate concerns over the possibility that the carcass could explode. As explained by The Atlantic, during decomposition, gases such as methane build up inside the carcass. In this particular case, the whale ballooned to nearly double its size.
As of today, it appears that the whale has shrunk in scale and an explosion may not be imminent. How do we know? Marine science communicators at Upwell and Southern Fried Science created a site that provides status updates. You can check it out here.
For now, citizens of the small town will just have to deal with the stench and hope it doesn't impact their tourist season.
For more on the actually quite interesting history of whale explosions, check out The Atlantic's article.
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