Death With Dynamity

Got a sick whale who’s looking for compassionate care? Don’t send him or her to Australia…they have whale death panels

Australian officials used explosives to blow up a terminally ill humpback whale that became stranded on a beach near Perth two weeks ago.

And let’s not forget those clever Taiwanese, who trick their ill whales into blowing themselves up.

12 Responses to “Death With Dynamity”

  1. JeffS says:

    Mr. B, you simply must bookmark that definitive site for all things regarding booming whales: The Exploding Whale.

    This site covers exploding whales around the world, but is dedicated to one fateful day, 12 November 1970, on the Oregon coast.

  2. Skyler says:

    Okay okay, I have to question: Why on earth would someone think that explosives are the best way to euthanize a whale?

    You’d think several gallons of whatever they use on dogs would be much simpler. And not as messy. Or just bleed it out. Sheesh. It’s pretty morbid.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    Well, the problem, I think, with your suggestion is that then one has to figure out what exactly one is going to do with 31 feet and god knows how many tons of what is now a toxic biohazard whale filled with several gallons of some deadly poison. It seems to me that bleeding out the whale would extend its suffering and is far crueler; a couple sticks of dynamite and Moby is both instantly (or a reasonable facsimile thereof, one would assume) put out of his misery and in a much easier biodegradable state. Since the whale was on a sandbar, i.e. partly submerged in ocean water the mess sort of took care of itself. Self-washing, you might say.

    Honestly, Skyler, this seems to me to be pretty darn humane.

  4. Rob says:

    I’m a Rush fan from way, way back, Delmer. They have to be the hardest working band in Rock n Roll. They’ve been at it without much break for 30 years or so. “Spirit of Radio” is probably my favorite song of theirs. Never saw them in Canada, though. They have to be better on home turf. YYZ and all that stuff.

  5. greg newsom says:

    Someone should have drilled a hole in that Taiwanese whale’s gut and it wouldn’t have exploded.
    I think Scott Peterson would
    have given them advice on what happens to-Excuse my
    grossness.It’s a west coast news story from years past.
    Don’t want to go there.

  6. Laura says:

    I stopped laying out at the beach because Green Peace would come and push me in the water yelling “LIVE DAMMIT! LIVE!! BE FREE!!” I am glad they didn’t use the explosives.

  7. tree hugging sister says:

    You’re luckier than me, Laura. I usually hear, “BEAT it WITH a STICK BEFORE IT GETS AWAY!!!”

  8. Mr. Bingley says:

    How can she be luckier than you?

    You have me as a brother!

  9. Rob says:

    You know how you cut and paste in case you time out and then go back to the wrong blog and post it? I hate it when that happens. 🙂

    I can’t believe everyone is blubbering about that whale.

  10. Mr. Bingley says:

    Sis told me she figured that’s what happened there, Rob!

  11. JeffS says:

    It’s a Jonah of a tail, Rob. It’s not a fluke.

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