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A 50-Tonne Sperm Whale Bursts Bloodying People And Traffic

It was precisely 18 years ago today when one of the most horrific explosions ever seen in the history of the sperm whale happened. People on the street and in their cars were covered in blood, organs, and other human parts.

During its towing through the bustling streets of Tainan, Taiwan’s southern city, the giant dead sperm whale blew up. To put it another way, it turned the city like something straight out of an old horror film. A split second’s notice was all it took for vehicles, people, and structures to be covered with body parts.

It was the biggest whale that has ever been found in Taiwan.

It was the biggest whale that has ever been found in Taiwan.
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An enormous lorry carrying the 50-ton whale was about to go up on January 26, 2004, just as it was on its way to a research facility when the terrible explosion occurred.

As a matter of fact, whales are known to undergo such an outburst and it is a quite typical occurrence among whales. During decomposition, a buildup of gasses within the animal causes this phenomenon to occur.

Some of them seem to have taken advantage of the chance to squeeze in a quick picture shoot while on the job.

Some of them seem to have taken advantage of the chance to squeeze in a quick picture shoot while on the job.
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A dead sperm whale was found washed up on a Taiwanese shoreline. In addition, according to reports in the Express, it was being transported to be used for educational and scientific endeavors.

A large number of local residents are seen working to clean up the devastation left behind by the horrifying tragedy. Many of them are wearing face masks to protect themselves.

Witnesses said the odor of blood and body fluids was terrible.

Witnesses said the odor of blood and body fluids was terrible.
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Fortunately, the whale managed to stay intact despite the blast. So that the marine scientists to be able to go on with their scheduled investigations.

Professor Wang Chien-ping of the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan, expressed his thoughts on this horrific outburst in a statement. According to him, the whale weighed a stunning 50 tons and was 17 meters in length.

According to reports, it took about 13 hours to load the sperm whale into the trailer.

According to reports, it took about 13 hours to load the whale into the trailer.
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Professor Wang explains that this occurs as a result of the body’s natural decomposition process. A great deal of gas had collected in the sperm whale’s gut at this point. The whale’s gut erupted as the pressure built up to an unbearable level.

Furthermore, three huge cranes and 50 personnel contributed to making it possible.

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