Even though all beaches in the state are under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, for some reason it fell to the Highway Division, and engineer George Thornton. After consulting with the US Navy, it was decided that the best way to remove the dead whale was to use the same method that would be used to remove a boulder.
|The whale in question, pre-detonation.|
Now, you need to know, Company, that in the years since then explosions have been used on multiple occasions to dispose of or manage whale carcasses. In places like South Africa and Iceland they have successfully detonated dead whales. But usually they tow them out to sea first, and detonate them remotely. Makes things a lot less messy. I suppose that we could say they learned a thing or two about it as a result of what happened up in Oregon on that fall day in 1970, and I am sure we would be right. But anyway, back to the story.
Quick note: this story received a lot of press and sort of became an urban legend when writer Dave Barry wrote a column about it on May 20, 1990, which led to all sorts of calls to ODOT when the column went out over the wires without noting that the actual even occurred in 1970. The video is out there to be seen, Company, if you look around the Interweb long enough. I am not going to go searching for it for you though, I got you pictures and that should be enough.