Whales are mammals that have completely adapted to life underwater during 50 million years of evolution. They have a high level of intelligence and outstanding qualities. These animals, no matter how dangerous, are not as much as humans, as nearly 2.8 million whales were killed in the 20th century alone. In this video, we will tell you why whales throw their bodies on the beach and how dangerous these species’ death can be.
If you saw a stranded whale on the beach, what would you do? Certainly, you will go to see this huge marine animal and you may even take pictures of it; of course, because you do not know that the body of that whale is as dangerous as a bomb, and it can explode at any moment.
Whales are among the largest and longest living creatures in the ocean. Their average lifespan is about 30 to 40 years. They often get killed by humans or other animals. Speaking of which, we repeatedly hear about the game that causes people to commit suicide, which is ‘’The Blue Whale’’ game. That whale is the largest animal ever, reaching a length of 33.5 meters and a weight of 110 tons. Despite this, if whales stay in the water for more than 30 minutes, they will suffocate. They do not have gills like other marine animals; instead, they breathe through the lungs just like humans. They need to come out of the water to breathe, which is a reason for them to constantly jump over the water. After whales die, their body functions stop working; consequently, like many other animals, their organs undergo some changes: as soon as the whales die, their organs begin to rot and emit various gases, then these gases assemble in the body of the whale, causing swelling. If it is not possible to expel these gases through the mouth or the anus, the body becomes more enlarged and more bloated. The stranded whale’s body becomes a bomb ready to explode.
Marine biologists believe that the explosive bodies of swollen whales have to be well detonated, and although they are experts in this, this method is not safe and very risky. However, they see that it is not convenient for the body to explode on its own for it might cause harm to the people and the surrounding environment.
In 1970, the body of a whale was surrounded by dynamite and explosives, and it was detonated on the coast of Oregon, USA. What the authorities aimed for was to destroy the body quickly and easily. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned as the gases in the body of the whale combined with the explosives, and its organs were scattered 200 meters away. Due to the explosion, a part of the body fell on a nearby car and completely destroyed it. Despite all that, the body of the whale was not completely destroyed.
In 2004, a whale struck a coast in Taiwan, exploding in the middle of the road while being transported by a truck to the research center. Its parts were scattered all over the place, and although there were no dead or injured, it was not easy to clean up the mess left by the explosion. So if you encounter the body of a whale at the beach one day, you will think twice before going to see it or take a picture with it.
There are various reasons for whales throwing their bodies on the beach. Nonetheless, scientists have reported that little information can be learned about this event. The whales throw their bodies on the beach collectively or individually, and the reason for this may be the weakness of their powers after a collision with a ship or a predatory attack by a shark. Another possible reason is the harmful substances that are released as a result of the increase of algae in an area, also known as ‘’Red Tides’’, because it turns the water color red, as well as other toxic substances that have harmful effects on whales and other marine organisms. People polluting water is also one of the most important reasons for this phenomenon, as they throw plastic waste into the ocean. Such irresponsible behavi²ours may lead to serious consequences, such as the incident that occurred in 2017 when a whale threw its body on a beach in Norway. 30 plastic bags were removed from the whale’s stomach, along with a lot of other plastic materials.