WILDLIFE EXPERTS EXAMINING A GIANT FIN WHALE CARCASS ON BEACH SUDDENLY FEARED IT WOULD EXPLODE
It’s been some time since I thought about the true scale of some breeds of whales. To say they are large doesn’t quite capture how small human being are in comparison. But this recent event is a firm reminder of what that scale is, and how terrifyingly that can translate in unexpected ways. In Ireland last week, wildlife experts started to look over a dead, 62-foot long dead fin whale that had washed up on a beach. And yes, they were planning on conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death and other information. But then they had to abandon their plans out of a sudden fear that the whale would…. Explode.
MEMBER OF TEAM WAS TAKING TISSUE SAMPLES WHEN THEY ALL HEARD LOUD BUBBLING NOISES
Yes, explode. One of the wildlife experts had been able to obtain blubber, baleen and skin and was about to try to get some muscle tissue when she and the others heard bubbling noises coming from the giant fin whale carcass. And evidently, hearing those noises means that the whale could literally explode. So she immediately moved away as she feared that it was about to literally explode in her face. If that sounds somewhat crazy, and it is, it is also a literal reality to fear and she and the rest of the team were wise to move away, and fast.
BUBBLING NOISES FROM FIN WHALE CARCASS A SIGN THAT METHANE GASES COULD TURN IT INTO ORGANIC GRENADE
So how is it that these enormous, dead creatures can explode? It’s actually pretty simple once the details are in front of you. You could even say the understanding is sudden and explosive…. Whales are covered with thick skin and blubber, which means that after they die, nothing gets out. And all of that tissue, as in the case of this giant fin whale, decays, creating a buildup of methane gas. So think of a pressure cooker that gets really hot, with the pressure building up, and suddenly a hole appears, allowing all of that pressure to escape at once. Boom. That’s how an enormous whale carcass can explode.
If you’re still not convinced, have a look at this video which is thoroughly convincing.