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Rotting whale's stench, bloating worry Trout River
CBC News ^ | April 28, 2014 | CBC News

Posted on 04/28/2014 5:48:04 PM PDT by rickmichaels

A dead blue whale that is slowly rotting on the beach of the western Newfoundland community of Trout River has the community scrambling to find a way to get rid of it before it explodes.

The whale's 25-metre carcass washed into Trout River just over a week ago, and has since been pushed up against the beach.

"The whale is blowing up. It looks as if it's a big balloon, from a distance," said Emily Butler, Trout River's town clerk, who has been trying to find a government agency that can help dispose of the whale.

Tucked inside a corner of Gros Morne National Park, Trout River depends in large part during the summer on tourism.

Butler said the whale — likely one of a group of blue whales that died several weeks ago in heavy ice off Newfoundland's west coast — is giving off an odour that's already hard to ignore.

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.

Even now, the town is drawing a different kind of visitor: People from the region who drive to take in the unusual sight of a blue whale right on the shoreline.

"It's very difficult to keep people away, simply because it's not too often that you see a blue whale," she said.

Butler, who has been told that the town is responsible for dealing with the carcass because it is now on its beach, said it cannot cope alone with the unusual problem.

"We really don't have any resources and we really don't have the expertise," she said.

Butler said the clock is ticking on finding a solution, as the swollen whale is getting bigger.

"There is a possibility as well, with all these gases inside the whale, that it may possibly explode," she said. "That's a major concern for us, as well."

Meanwhile, another whale carcass has washed ashore in Rocky Harbour, the largest town in Gros Morne National Park.



TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bloweduprealgood; bluewhale; whale

1 posted on 04/28/2014 5:48:04 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels
Blow it up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vmnq5dBF7Y.

2 posted on 04/28/2014 5:50:55 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: rickmichaels

Is the whale named Hillary or Roseanne? Just asking.

Don’t want to be the poor bastard who sticks something sharp into it. “Dead man flying”.


3 posted on 04/28/2014 5:51:16 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: rickmichaels

Steel shot shotgun shells


4 posted on 04/28/2014 5:53:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: rickmichaels

Does no one care about the great lakes whales trapped under the ice?


5 posted on 04/28/2014 5:53:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rickmichaels

Dynamite people, dynamite!


6 posted on 04/28/2014 5:54:24 PM PDT by rotstan
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To: rickmichaels

Has anyone called PETA for assistance?


7 posted on 04/28/2014 5:56:20 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Watching MSM news readers pimping His Arrogance is like watching a dog eat its own vomit!)
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To: rickmichaels

Ambergris!


8 posted on 04/28/2014 5:59:04 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: 1rudeboy

Saw that. All it did was blow huge hunks of rotting flesh all over the place.


9 posted on 04/28/2014 6:00:55 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: rickmichaels

“There are very few personal problems that cannot be solved through a suitable application of high explosives”


10 posted on 04/28/2014 6:05:25 PM PDT by wrench
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To: rickmichaels; F15Eagle; Larry Lucido
Dead Sperm Whale Explodes – WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC

A well trained marine biologist may be just the answer here.

11 posted on 04/28/2014 6:09:57 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Our government at work!


12 posted on 04/28/2014 6:17:10 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: rickmichaels

So I take it that this is the first time a whale has ever washed up on a beach? /s


13 posted on 04/28/2014 6:19:56 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Love the commentary at 2:20.


14 posted on 04/28/2014 6:20:46 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: rickmichaels

Nature obviously doesn’t know what it’s doing. We need to step in and fix this. Right after we reset the earth’s thermostat.


15 posted on 04/28/2014 6:21:45 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: rickmichaels

Sort of sounds like America’s Obama problem...


16 posted on 04/28/2014 6:22:09 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: cripplecreek
Ha!!

I think you are wrong....it's hippos!!!

17 posted on 04/28/2014 6:23:08 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: 1rudeboy

The blast blasted blubber beyond all believable bounds. Great reporting!


18 posted on 04/28/2014 6:27:41 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: rickmichaels

I saw a show on one of the science channels about this. They stab it one end to the other to let the gas out before it blows. Got to be a memorable smell, one you never forget.


19 posted on 04/28/2014 6:42:32 PM PDT by W.Lee (After the first one, the rest are free.)
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To: All

“Lord thunderin Jeez that’s a whale of a smell.”

“No buddy, that’s the smell of a whale, boy.”


20 posted on 04/28/2014 6:47:03 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: rickmichaels

Paint it like a dog and send in the police!


21 posted on 04/28/2014 7:13:05 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: Paladin2

Shotgun shells won’t penetrate. Probably the best thing would be to have a Coast Guard cutter come by and lace the carcass with 50-cal steel-jacketed rounds out of an M-2, or maybe a LAV with a Bushmaster and some DU rounds. A couple hundred 50cal rounds or a few dozen 25mm DU rounds at sub-200-yard range ought to go deep enough to ventilate the various organs, and provide enough outlets to decompress all the gas pockets. After that, it’ll be the messy job of slicing the thing up.


22 posted on 04/28/2014 8:24:50 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: rickmichaels

Sell it to a Vietnamese Noc Mam factory.

;-)


23 posted on 04/28/2014 8:28:29 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: rickmichaels
"Rotting whale's stench, bloating worry Trout River"

I thought Ted Kennedy was buried at Arlington.

24 posted on 04/28/2014 8:46:15 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: SgtHooper

Best post evah’

Light candle, call police, run, hilarity ensues.


25 posted on 04/29/2014 12:06:04 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: 1rudeboy

exactly - call in the Oregon Highway Department - they have experience lol~!

somebody page Dave Barry


26 posted on 04/29/2014 4:10:18 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: 1rudeboy
FOTFLOL!!!

That's the FIRST thing I thought of.

Absolutely hysterical!!!!!!

27 posted on 04/29/2014 1:43:24 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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