Residents of Trout River, Newfoundland are anxiously waiting for a beached blue whale to explode after it washed ashore last week. The whale is believed to have died as a result of heavy sea ice a few weeks ago.
Butler is worried about what could happen if the carcass remains grounded near the town's historic wooden boardwalk. "It's only a matter of time — as the weather warms up, it's only going to worse," she said.
Exploding whales are not a new phenomenon — the gasses that build up inside of decomposing whale carcasses are known to build up enough pressure to pop through the blubber and rain whale bits on the newly-squeamish people unfortunate enough to be caught downstream.