The Great Blubber Blast of 1970


“It might be concluded that should a whale ever wash ashore in Lane County again, those in charge will not only remember what to do, they’ll certainly remember what not to do.”

--Reporter Paul Linnman.

It was 50 years ago, on December 12 1970, that authorities in Florence, Oregon had a predicament. A whale carcass had washed-up on the beach, and they had no means of removing it. The solution--blow it up. The result--was a rain storm of while blubber.

Watch the complete Paul Linnman report from the scene....