I try to cover items of historical interest on this blog, so today let us remember the story of the exploding whale in Florence, Oregon. On November 12, 1970, a sperm whale beached itself on a beach in Florence, Oregon. The state officials in charge of dealing with the situation decided to blow it up with half a ton of dynamite. The explosion threw chunks of whale carcass up to 800 feet. One piece flattened a car.