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Tiny Town Worried Big Whale Will Expode

Boom. Big badda boom. Trigger warning: Journo calls the whale a fish.

Via eCanadaNow:

Trout River, Newfoundland – This tiny town of population 688 quite literally has a big whale of problem to deal with in the form of a blue whale that washed to shore a week ago. The whale measures 25 meters (81 feet) in length and will be quite the chore to clean up and dispose. In fact, the local government believes it is the job of the federal government to handle, but the feds have told the town it’s their problem. In response, they have stated that the community does not have the resources to handle such a large problem. That was certainly the case when the whale washed ashore and it is has become a worse problem since it became bloating with methane gas.

As of this time, the whale’s girth has more than doubled and there is a legitimate fear that it could explode.

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Woman’s Apartment Ruined After Neighbor’s Neglected Corpse Explodes

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A Florida woman has lost her legal battle to convince her insurance company that to cover damages caused by a neighbor’s exploded corpse.

Boom. Big badda boom:

A Florida woman whose home was damaged after a woman’s corpse “exploded” in the apartment above hers has been ordered by an appeal court to foot the bill for its cleanup.

Judy Rodrigo’s nearly six-year battle for full insurance coverage ended Wednesday after a Palm Beach County court ruled that the type of bodily explosion that grotesquely soaked in her walls wasn’t the kind her policy covered.

A disgusted Jupiter neighbor described it as nearly two weeks before the elderly woman’s remains were found in 2008. By then, her body had burst and its bodily fluids leaked into Rodrigo’s home.

By the time maintenance workers checked on the upstairs neighbor — a woman described as living alone and dying of old age — what was left of her was reportedly being chewed on by her dog.

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For Science: Watch Sea Lice Eat a Pig from Inside Out

Via New Scientist: In order to better understand how human bodies decompose in the ocean, Simon Fraser University forensic scientist Gail Anderson tracked the decomposition of a pig. The pig's body was caged (to prevent larger predators like sharks from swimming away with it) and then submerged. Time lapse photography documents the pig's remains as they're consumed to the bones by sea lice and other small scavengers.
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