Potentially explosive whale in Newfoundland?

The carcass of a blue whale is rotting along the shoreline of a town on Canada’s east coast, triggering concerns from the community it could burst.

Emily Butler, the town clerk in Trout River, Newfoundland said the 28 yard blue whale is beached next to a community boardwalk and is emitting a powerful stench that is spreading through the town of 600 people.

She said she and others in town are concerned that the methane gas caused by decomposition could cause the animal to burst.

We have a concern …because I’m not sure with the heat and gases that are trapped inside of this mammal if at some point in time it will explode,’ she said.

But Jack Lawson, a research scientist with Canada’s fisheries department, said the risk of such a blast is ‘very small’.

He said: ‘At some point, the skin of the animal will lose some of its integrity as all of the connective tissue starts to break down.