Look, because of the flu, I am all over the place. Normal service will be resumed soon-ish.
In the meantime, this is the 11th anniversary of the day a whale exploded in the middle of the town of Tainan in Taiwan.
For some reason, I identity with this biological incident, though I’m not quite sure if it is the whale or the town I identify with.
The sperm whale, weighing over 50 tons, died on the beach and it took three large cranes and 50 workers more than 13 hours to shift it onto the back of a truck.
According to the local Taiwan News, while the whale was being moved, “a large crowd of more than 600 local Yunlin residents and curiosity seekers, along with vendors selling snack food and hot drinks, braved the cold temperature and chilly wind to watch workmen try to haul away the dead marine leviathan”.
When it exploded, the whale was on the back of the truck, near the centre of the town, splattering blood and whale entrails over surrounding shop fronts, bystanders and cars.
There is a rather strange video on YouTube about the explosion.
I think I identify with the whale, though having had flu is obviously somewhat different, even with the addition of a late laxative for constipation.
Apparently the explosion of dead sperm whales is not unusual. It is the buildup of gas inside the decomposing body which causes them to explode.
That much I understand.