Oregon's Famous Exploding Whale Tale, 50 Years Later
Thursday marks the golden anniversary of one of the oddest incidents in Oregon history: the explosion of a dead whale in Florence, on the central coast. The journalist who covered the story is still talking about it 50 years later.
Paul Linnman was a 23-year-old reporter for KATU-Channel 2 in Portland when he was sent to Florence to cover the deliberate detonation of a dead, beached sperm whale. When the blubber blew, chunks flew…and Linnmann and the whale are still genuine blasts from the past…thanks to social media and the internet.
"It just has a way of capturing people’s attention, and if I find out you haven’t seen it, I want you to see it and you’ll do the same with the people you know.”
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