Small town fears beached carcass will explode (Photos)

Small town fears beached carcass will explode (Photos)

Small town fears beached carcass will explode (Photos)

Written by Bella Dalima

01 May, 2014 | 3:29 pm

The rotting carcass of a giant blue whale washed ashore near Trout River, Newfoundland, last week and is now spreading its stench throughout the town, according to multiple reports.

What’s worse, some fear the 85-foot-long whale may explode as a result of combustible methane gas brought on by decomposition, the Associated Press reported.

“I’m not sure with the heat and gases that are trapped inside of this mammal if at some point in time it will explode,” Emily Butler, Trout River’s town clerk, told the AP.

Beached next to a community boardwalk, the whale is “blowing up,” and “looks as if it’s a big balloon, from a distance,” she told.

Provincial officials said they are currently working with federal agencies to help small towns on Newfoundland’s west coast remove blue-whale carcasses. The Trout River whale is just one of three that are beached in this area. Blue whales are the largest animals on Earth, according to the Smithsonian Institution’s Ocean Portal.

 

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