Friday, June 11, 2010

Hof's Blog Special Feature:

CNN reports that a dead grey whale has washed up on New York's Jones Beach. They're trying to figure out what to do with it.

It's not that hard to figure out what NOT to do with it - blow it up on the beach. In 1970 a whale washed up on the beach, and a genius thought the best thing to do was to blow it up with about a half a ton of explosives. They cleared everybody off the beach for a quarter mile and here's what happened. (In case you don't want to watch the whole thing, the explosion is at 1:51 in the video.)

In Taiwan, they were planning on keeping their dead whale and stuffing it. But it blew up all by itself.


Here's a clip from a National Geographic special where scientists are studying how whales blow up. Guess what the graduate assistants have to do.

In Western Australia, they have a different way of doing things. Instead of waiting for the whale to beach itself and die, they try to blow it up while it is still in the water - alive. (No, you don't actually see the whale blow up.)

Where is Hancock when you need him?

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