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Oregon’s ‘Exploding Whale’ legend turns 50

A mother sperm whale and her calf off the coast of Mauritius. The calf has remoras attached to its body.By Gabriel Barathieu - https://www.flickr.com/photos/barathieu/7277953560/, CC BY-SA 2.0,

November 9, 1970. The sperm whale, washed up on Heceta Beach near Florence, Oregon, was dead, and the plan was to blow it up.

But three days later on November 12, they used too much dynamite. 

And the rest, as they say, is history. 

November 12 marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous incident that saw whale blubber crush a car, splatter bystanders, and even inspired the name of a local park almost five decades later. The incident was marked by KATU news reporter Paul Linnman and filmed by cameraman Doug Brazil. We’ll let KATU

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