Dead Whale Threatens Coastal Town With Possible Explosion

Andy Chalk

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Dead Whale Threatens Coastal Town With Possible Explosion


The town of Trout River, Newfoundland is trying to figure out how to get rid of a massive blue whale carcass that's washed up on its shores before it explodes.

The small town of Trout River, Newfoundland is faced with a unique and rather unpleasant problem. The body of a blue whale, presumed to be one of several that died in heavy ice off the province's west coast, has washed up on the town's beach. This is problematic for a few reasons.

For one thing, it's reportedly giving off a rather powerful odor, as you might well expect from a dead sea creature 25 meters - more than 80 feet - long. Despite the stench, the carcass is actually drawing in people from the region who want to see a blue whale up close. One bright fellow actually stood on top of the thing to have his photo taken.

"It's very difficult to keep people away, simply because it's not too often that you see a blue whale," Trout River Town Clerk Emily Butler told the CBC.

But the more pressing issue is what happens down the road, as summer arrives and the temperature goes up. Gases inside the carcass are already causing it to bloat, and the townsfolk are concerned that eventually it's going to pop. "The whale is blowing up. It looks as if it's a big balloon, from a distance," Butler said. "There is a possibility as well, with all these gases inside the whale, that it may possibly explode. That's a major concern for us."

And that leads to the real bottom-line problem facing the town: It's on its own. Butler said she's been told that because the whale is now on town property, it's the town's problem. But with a total population in the neighborhood of 688 people, it has neither the resources nor the expertise to deal with it. Butler said she is now in the process of trying to find a government agency that will help dispose of the whale before it paints the town red on hot summer night.

Source: CBC [http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/rotting-whale-s-stench-bloating-worry-trout-river-1.2624297]


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Saucycarpdog

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I just had the odd mental picture of the whale just floating away like a balloon instead of exploding.

Blubber blimp!


[sub][sub]No but seriously I feel bad for this town. Whale bombings injure thousands every year.[/sub][/sub]
 

Angelous Wang

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Why wait for it to explode?

They should just cut the thing open now to prevent this even becoming a thing, if they do it smart they should cut it open on the sea facing side of the corpse so the guts just wash out into the sea for other sea life to eat, and so they have to clean up less mess themselves.

Surely someone in town has a chainsaw or such.
 

Tony2077

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this reminds me of a story where someone cut open a dead whale and boom guts everywhere
 

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Neonbob, Canada needs you.

This is just the beginning of a war instigated by those monsters of the deep. Biological weaponry, they're heinous!
 

Roxas1359

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Quick, someone get @Neonbob: he's our only hope to stop these evil whales once and for all! >:D
Although, I think he's busy raising his child right now, so let's form a backup plan just in case.

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Neonbob, Canada needs you.

This is just the beginning of a war instigated by those monsters of the deep. Biological weaponry, they're heinous!
Seems we think alike eh Redlin. XD
 

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Why wait for it to explode?

They should just cut the thing open now to prevent this even becoming a thing, if they do it smart they should cut it open on the sea facing side of the corpse so the guts just wash out into the sea for other sea life to eat, and so they have to clean up less mess themselves.

Surely someone in town has a chainsaw or such.
Exactly what I was thinking.

Though, my thought was to actually do it from further back by poking lots of holes in it at range either with a high-powered gun or speargun / harpoon that way no one is in danger of getting stuff on them. Once it's well-perforated they can then safely cut it up or leave it for nature to do it's work without worry of further build-up.
 

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Wait, we're worried about a dead whale in Newfoundland? As in NEWFOUNDLAND?!

Fuck removing the carcass, call X-COM before the town is overrun with Chryssalids.
 

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Wait, we're worried about a dead whale in Newfoundland? As in NEWFOUNDLAND?!

Fuck removing the carcass, call X-COM before the town is overrun with Chryssalids.
I'm still having nightmares about that particular mission. Giant creepy crawlies crawling creepily all over and making my skin crawl, ugh...
 

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Take a sharp point stick and stab it into the whale. Do this 100 times and make sure to puncture the guts... problem solved and it can now rot without exploding. It will stink but the sea gulls will clean that shit up real quick.
 

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Is it wrong that my only reaction to this was to laugh and yell "YOU GUYS ARE SO FUCKED!"
 

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Spartan448 said:
Wait, we're worried about a dead whale in Newfoundland? As in NEWFOUNDLAND?!

Fuck removing the carcass, call X-COM before the town is overrun with Chryssalids.
No point. Run. Just RUN!

I have lost so many rookies to that one mission - these days I heavily consider phoning up the Council when it comes up and just saying "Yeah, XCOM is calling in sick today. Yup, all of us. We all got the flu. Blame one of the science guys."

(This is partly because it often comes up annoyingly early for me. On the occasion that I had an entire team of Colonels to take care of business, I'm not sure anyone even took a scratch...)

ANYWAY... On topic: I guess they'll at least have a decent whale skeleton to sell to a museum when this is all over? (Assuming, of course, that it ISN'T filled with Chryssalids.)
 

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Saucycarpdog said:
I just had the odd mental picture of the whale just floating away like a balloon instead of exploding.

Blubber blimp!
Truly a sight to behold


Well atleast their whales don't fly with boob wings
 

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The_Darkness said:
Spartan448 said:
Wait, we're worried about a dead whale in Newfoundland? As in NEWFOUNDLAND?!

Fuck removing the carcass, call X-COM before the town is overrun with Chryssalids.
No point. Run. Just RUN!

I have lost so many rookies to that one mission - these days I heavily consider phoning up the Council when it comes up and just saying "Yeah, XCOM is calling in sick today. Yup, all of us. We all got the flu. Blame one of the science guys."

(This is partly because it often comes up annoyingly early for me. On the occasion that I had an entire team of Colonels to take care of business, I'm not sure anyone even took a scratch...)

ANYWAY... On topic: I guess they'll at least have a decent whale skeleton to sell to a museum when this is all over? (Assuming, of course, that it ISN'T filled with Chryssalids.)
Yeah, that mission started off well for me (4 of 6 team members were snipers, so most of the Chryssalids died before they could get close on the approach), until I triggered the whale. Getting back to the Sky Ranger was the worst part of that mission, and it literally ended with one of my last 2 units (a heavy), killing himself with a rocket to kill the only chryssalid in range of my last sniper, who was then able to dash to the Sky Ranger to escape. I shudder to think of what kind of PTSD you get from that kind of mission...
 

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direkiller said:

yea a whale blowing up is a bad idea
Have to love my home State, and County... seriously though, when using explosives don't put any on the far side of the intended target or under it, unless you like shotgunning debris in your direction.