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Dead Sperm Whale EXPLODES

10:18 AM

It is a job no man would envy.

An unlucky biologist has been filmed trying to cut open a whale carcass - which exploded all over him.

The sperm whale was one of two which died this week after being beached in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, captured on camera by the Faroese Broadcasting Corporation.

The creatures died after becoming trapped in a narrow channel, and residents of the 50,000-strong Danish community wanted to use the skeleton of one for a museum.

So it fell to unlucky Bjarni Mikkelsen, a marine biologist at the National Museum of the Faroe Islands, to cut open the carcass yesterday.

'We couldn't imagine it would happen like that so it was a little bit more of a surprise.

'It was not a shock. We expect something. The situation is more worried about something worse happening or anyone getting hurt ever.

"We are cutting along the dorsal side of the animal so when it explodes it did so in a very controlled manner.

"It was very loud, I suppose. This is something everyone here is talking about. '

Footage of the incident, which happened at 2.00pm yesterday, has been seen on YouTube more than 300,000 times.

The island is 200 miles north of Scotland, but was under the banner of Denmark for 200 years, after previously being ruled by Norway.

The people in the Faroe Islands has been hunting pilot whales for centuries, but the practice is condemned as cruel and unnecessary by the animal rights group.

Despite the gory incident, the local governments are still determined to put the framework in their museum as a reminder of their culture, and they are already busy cutting up the remains of dead animals.

The whale meat is thrown.



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