A whale explosion is worrying the residents of Trout River where the carcass of a blue whale, the world’s biggest mammal, looks as if it is about to explode. The gasses building up inside this carcass make this a dangerous and awful smelly place to be around, according to reports from CNN News on April 30.
The Newfoundland town is in a dilemma, how do they get rid of the whale before it actually does explode spewing whale guts far and wide? If they think the stench is bad now, an explosion of this carcass will render the smell too overwhelming to take in.
According to WebProNews today, Trout River’s town manager, Emily Butler, said that the whale looks like a giant balloon from a distance, that’s how much it has bloated since washing ashore. It is a major concern to the town that the gases will expand to the point of a whale explosion, said Butler.
This blue whale washed up on the shores of Trout River, it is one of three blue whales to wash ashore on the western shores of Newfoundland this month. Two of the towns are facing a possible explosion of the blue whales as the carcasses are puffing up like hard and big balloons. Soon the pressure inside the whale from the expanding gasses will get too great and split open the whale carcasses spewing fish debris far and wide.
Trout River has an 81-foot-long, 60-ton carcass bloating by the minute on the waterfront. The methane gas inside is expanding. This bloating whale can turn into a dangerous situation as explained by scientist Jack Lawson from Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. While Lawson’s worries aren’t necessarily with an explosion, he is worried about someone leaning up against the whale or tripping and falling into it. Lawson said:
"The (whale) skin is starting to lose its integrity and if someone were to walk along, say, the chin -- that is full of all that gas -- they could fall in the whale. The insides will be liquefied. Retrieving them would be very difficult."
Putting aside a possible explosion and someone accidentally drowning inside the liquefied contents of this whale by falling into it, the stench is another worry. The dead beast is letting off this detestable stench just as the season for tourists is about to begin. The bloated whale carcass is posing quite the problem.
The second bloating whale was found in Rocky Harbor and even if the thing doesn’t explode, much like Trout River, the stench is nauseating. Both towns would have to come up with the money to have the whales towed out to sea, but nether have the resources. Towing such huge mammals out to sea and leaving them there, poses a risk to fishermen, boaters and shipping traffic. That is one huge item to hit with a boat out at sea.
Normally when a whale washes ashore it stays there and the birds and animals eat it while it slowly decays down to just bones. This happens over the course of a few years. With tourist season about to start and with both the whales sitting in the sun this makes for the perfect storm to create an even stronger gagging stench. The whale carcasses filling up with methane gas will make the smell unbearable. This will travel to the seaside restaurants and tourist shops of both Trout River and Rocky Harbor. It could damage the tourist season if something isn't done to get the carcasses moved.
The whales are believed to have been trapped by this cold winter season’s ice. The ice caused the whales to either drown or be crushed by ice when feeding.