1970: Watch the video of the infamous “Oregon Exploding Whale” incident on the occasion of the 50th anniversary


Thanks to YouTube and social media, we are able to remember some of the incredible moments of human achievement that were captured on video.

And, well, some of the less than amazing.

On November 12, 1970, it was decided that the rotting carcass of an eight-ton sperm whale, which had washed up on the shore of a beach near Florence, Oregon, should be removed.

The method chosen to do this nasty job was dynamite.

A lot. Like a quarter of a ton of explosive.

This, of course, did not go well.

Screaming onlookers fled from the flying whale fat and a car was crushed under a large chunk.

The beach seagulls, which planners had hoped would stay and eat the destroyed pieces, flew away, terrified of the huge explosion.

The moment was captured by the cameras of KATU-TV and reporter Paul Linnman gave an incredible “deadpan” narrative that helped make the moment famous, now 50 years behind schedule.

His best line was:

“The sand dunes over there were covered with earth-loving spectators and journalists, who will soon become fat earth journalists. For the fat bacon that exploded beyond all credible limits.

The video has been viewed over a million times on YouTube and this week the Oregon Historical Society released a “blank update” of the 16-millimeter print.

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This feature is part of CNY Nostalgia, a section on syracuse.com. Send your ideas and curiosities to Johnathan Croyle at [email protected] or call 315-427-3958.

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