Caution: Exploding Whales

TAIPEI — A dead sperm whale being transported through Tainan City suddenly exploded yesterday, splattering cars and shops with blood and guts.

The 17m, 45-tonne carcass was being taken on a flat-bed trailer-truck for an autopsy.

“Because of the natural decomposing process, a lot of gases accumulated, and when the pressure build-up was too great, the whales belly just exploded,” marine biologist Professor Wang Chien-ping said.