Oregon Names Park “Exploding Whale Park” after Baffle
You can now visit Oregon's newest park, Exploding Whale Memorial Park, in Florence. The park is named after the state's decision to use half a ton of dynamite to blast a dead, 8-ton whale that washed ashore in 1970.
The town asked for name suggestions of what to name the park, and this is what the public came up with and chose in a landslide vote.
When the whale was detonated, the plan was for the carcass to be thrown into the sea by the explosion, and small scavenger animals would eat the rest of the small pieces left on the beach.
In the video, you see immediately that they used a bit too much dynamite. The whale was basically vaporized, with some chunks of it landing around a 1/4 away, destroying a car.
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