It’s no secret that whales are the biggest creatures on the planet. So when one of them dies and people either come across it on a beach or floating in water, it’s not surprising that they garner a lot of attention. However, it turns out that these elegant beasts are more dangerous dead than they are alive.
Why, you ask? Well, there are a number of reasons why you should avoid doing what these folks are doing should you ever come across a dead whale.
When a whale dies, gasses start to form inside of it, essentially making it a giant balloon of guts and fish just waiting to explode. On top of this, their cells start to break down, making the gasses a ticking time bomb just waiting for the slightest thing to detonate it.
Several tons of whale guts can explode in a fraction of a second without warming. These guys can fly out of the whale at a speed of 70 km/h or 43 mph. Chunks can fly over 50 meters away from the source.
Chunks can fly over 50 meters away from the source.
Not only is this dangerous, the smell is supposedly one of the most putrid things one could experience.
So, yeah. That’s nasty.