This video has been all over in the last several days. YIKES!
I gypped the text below off Ann Alhouse's weblog. If you haven't seen this, it's worth the 33 seconds,
"... readers are probably thinking that a very large, rather dead, creature is going to have rather a lot of gas trapped somewhere within its innards. And that if the organ containing said gas isn't handled well, nasty things may result. Let's roll tape to put that hypothesis to the test...."
Now, here's the original exploding whale, back in 1970, on the Oregon coast. The local engineer who was in charge (George Thornton) just died a few weeks ago, in his 80's.