Remember 50 years of the explosion of gigantic whale in Oregon

FLORENCE, UNITED STATES.- On November 9, 1970, the beaches of, Florence, Oregon They stank from the huge body of a 14-meter dead whale that was beginning to decompose in that place.

To that place away from the television cameras, many curious people and reporters from different media began to arrive to see what was happening with the corpse of the sperm whale.

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From the Oregon Department of Transportation They began to evaluate how they could remove the body of the gigantic mammal, since being able to get rid of the corpse was a challenge.

In the first place, they thought about burying her, but due to its weight of 8 tons it was impossible to remove the body and it was also stranded on the shore of the beach, so the swells would end up unearthing it.

Days later they found the solution: detonate the body of the whale with dynamite. According to those who proposed this idea, the small remains of the mammal would serve as food for the seagulls and birds of prey that fly over the beach.

It was on November 13, 1970 that dozens of people, regardless of the nauseating smell, were present at the place to see what for them was a “spectacle”, when they saw the body of the whale fly through the air.

A few hours before the explosion, the authorities asked a group of people to move away about 400 meters from the body, since they could not only be affected by the explosion, but also by the pieces of meat that would fly through the air. .

Despite the fact that the experts assured that most of the whale’s remains would go to sea, the opposite happened … at the moment of the explosion, the whale’s remains began to rain even at more than 400 meters that the authorities had recommended.

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Faced with this, the people present began to flee desperately, fearing they would suffer a serious injury, because huge pieces of the whale flew through Florence’s air, even one of them destroyed a car that was parked.

One of the protagonists spoke

Paul Linnman, one of the reporters who covered the event, spoke to ABC about what happened 50 years ago, noting that the decision came from the Oregon Department of Transportation and George Thorton, who according to Linnman, had consulted with the US Navy, who had done similar things in the past.

Linnman revealed that the hope of those responsible for the blast was that the whale would disintegrate and fall into the sea, so 20 boxes of dynamite were used.

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After all the chaos produced after the explosion, the people who were in the place noticed that only one part of the body managed to be exploded, so the other part had to bury it.


Storm and Home – Surf 30

All day with waves and good weather, and it was right to get to the beach to see how a storm left the sea in a mess.

It came from the west, it was a gigantic black cloud coming from the west. When I saw her I stopped turning the suit over and decided to wait. Decent enough waves were still breaking and I had already chosen where to dive, but some curtains of water were already visible on the horizon.

I was tempted to continue with my plan, go in, suffer the northwest wind for half an hour, and see how the sea would look later, but the risk was great and the time I had was little.

Finally I decided to throw the suit back in the trunk and turn around. And of course, after half an hour, the storm passed, the wind died down, and surely (I did not see it), the sea was decent enough to take a bath.

For today it is expected that series of half a meter to three quarters will arrive, and light winds from the south in the morning. In the afternoon there will be some wind from the northwest, but nothing compared to yesterday.

Tomorrow, on the other hand, a new wave arrives. It will be from noon when the sea begins to rise rapidly to two meters, perhaps more. Of course, all day with a south wind.

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