The exploding whale

The infamous 1970 video that documents how not to get rid of an 8-ton whale.

By Kl

Published December 1, 2005 1:22PM (EST)

It was way back in November 1970 when reporter Paul Linnman of KATU Channel 2 in Portland, Ore., documented the ill-fated attempt by Oregon highway authorities to dispose of an 8-ton sperm whale (erroneously reported at the time as a gray whale) from the coast near Florence, Ore. The incident has been written about by Dave Barry, and honored by NPR.

By Kl


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