It was a dirty job, but Bjarni Mikkelsen, a marine biologist at the National Museum of the Faroe Islands, had to do it.
After two whales died this week near the Faroe Islands, the government wanted to use one of the skeletons in the National Museum. So Mikkelsen began the first step of cutting the animal’s gut open. But little did he expect that it would explode in his face.
“The animal was more than two days old when we took it so we knew there would be some pressure on the inside, but nothing like what happened,” he told the DailyMail.
I’m ambivalent about this.
On the one hand: “Haha!”
On the other: “Oh dear God no”
My friends and I had a long dinner conversation trying to decide what job title you needed to explode dead whales that wash up on the beach.
little did we know they explode all on their own.
Fun fact; Back when whale oil was a big thing one of the hazards of working int hat industry was whale corpses exploding on you.
One person wrote of how dangerous it was when the gasses built up and a female that was pregnant could explode, launching a fetus the size of a car at you.
It would make for a pretty badass obituary though.
"Killed when hit by an exploding whale’s unborn calf travelling at 100 mph."
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