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The Internet Is Waiting Patiently For This Giant Whale To Explode

• Jennifer Welsh and Dina Spector
The whale is massively bloated — it's currently about double its normal size. The bloat seems to have been caused by methane gas released by the decomposing body.

"The whale is blowing up. It looks as if it's a big balloon from a distance," Trout River's town clerk Emily Butler told CBC news.

It's about to start smelling very bad, too. But local and federal authorities are arguing over who needs to foot the bill for its clean up according to BBC News .

What to do with a dead whale is actually a big question. You can't really move it, as they tend to weigh tons. You can't push it out to sea, since it would pose a risk to passing ships. You could cut it up, but that's one dirty job.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is currently in discussions with a Canadian museum to take ownership of the whale, which "will be used to educate museum visitors," according to Don Bradshaw from Canadian new agency NTV, who has been following the story.

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