Exploding Whale 50th Anniversary Remaster!

On the occasion of a sperm whale being blown up by dynamite:

"We were running away when we heard a second tremendous explosion in front of us. A piece of blubber the size of a coffee table hit the top of an Oldsmobile and completely flattened the roof." [...]

KATU donated the original 16mm footage to the Oregon Historical Society in the late 1980s. The footage has been transferred over the years to various video formats, but this is the first time it has been scanned at 4K resolution. It is now available to view online on OHS Digital Collections.

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8 Responses:

  1. ssl-3 says:

    The video is a real whale of an improvement over that which was previously-available.

  2. atporter says:

    I think I first saw this video in 1994 or '95 and "Blasting Blubber Beyond all Believable Bounds" has yet to exit my lexicon.

  3. apm74 says:

    Oh God, not the poor exploding pony again (Previously)...

  4. The exploding whale blog gives it that turn-of-the-millennium feel.

    Douglas Adams went one better by dropping the whale from orbit.

    • Ben says:

      Don't be ridiculous, no one would be so cruel as to drop a whale from orbit.

      The nuclear missiles were suborbital, the whale only fell several miles.

  5. MC says:

    I feel like they could have done a little work with the color

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