“We have a concern … because I’m not sure with the heat and gases that are trapped inside of this mammal if at some point in time it will explode,” Emily Butler, Trout River Town Clerk, told The Telegraph.
Thankfully, Canada’s Fisheries Department research scientist Jack Lawson says the risk of the 85-foot leviathan exploding is “very small.”
“At some point, the skin of the animal will lose some of its integrity as all of the connective tissue starts to break down,” he said. “Eventually, that gas will seep out. … It will just deflate like an old balloon.”
Lawson said a more likely problem would come from the whale carrying bacteria or viruses harmful to humans. He said people should stay away from the whale for that reason.
Butler agrees and has contacted environment and government services, as well as the federal fisheries department, to remove the carcass.
So why not ask local fishermen to tow it out to sea?
“Nobody has been properly trained in the removal of whale carcasses of this size,” Butler said.
That answer sounds like it came from a government official!