Talk:Exploding whale

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Former featured articleExploding whale is a former featured article. Please see the links under Article milestones below for its original nomination page (for older articles, check the nomination archive) and why it was removed.
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September 18, 2004Featured article candidatePromoted
January 17, 2007Featured article reviewKept
May 9, 2008Featured article reviewKept
February 27, 2011Featured article reviewDemoted
August 12, 2017Good article nomineeNot listed
Current status: Former featured article
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“In popular culture” section[edit]

On August 8 of 2008 the whole section was deleted with a comment about how it's “not because it's trivia, but because it's unsourced”. So several questions arise about it:

  • shouldn't there be source-request tags first, before deletion?
  • if the problem is only with sources, would it be ok to recover the section (or its parts) with additional source refs where needed?
  • higher on this page there was already a little talk on similar issue, where as an argument was used the Wikipedia:TRIVIA style guideline. I guess it was meant to be linked to this page, so I'll ask about the latter one. It says, that in case of passing mentions there should be included refs of significance, so at least in cases with poetry, song and children's book the whale mention is not a passing one.

So, I need help with sorting this all out. Thanks. DaemonDice (talk) 02:09, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

I re added this, but will need help finding citations. AceTankCommander (talk) 21:12, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

A new incident in Faroe Islands[edit] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:21, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

I added the KVF footage via the "External Media" template to the bottom of the article, along with the same footage from the Huffington Post. The HP footage is easier to download, has English text in the story, and has a title that warns those with queasy stomachs 2 times. Hopefully this won't surprise anybody who has read to the bottom of the article. Smallbones(smalltalk) 03:22, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Why is there no link to the Oregon Video?[edit]

Just curious... there is a whole paragraph about it and yet when links are added to the video we have people delete the links. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:09, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Exploding whale/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Ribbet32 (talk · contribs) 22:49, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

This article is an old favourite of mine, a classic of the great User:Ta bu shi da yu, hence a former WP:FA. Unfortunately, I feel it necessary to make this a Wikipedia:Quickfail for two reasons:

1. Wikipedia:Quickfail #3: "It has, or needs, cleanup banners that are unquestionably still valid". In addition to a "when?" tag unresolved since January 2011, there is no indication any serious attempt has been made to resolve the issues that led to its de-featuring in Wikipedia:Featured article review/Exploding whale/archive3: "The problem is that the article doesn't cite any reliable sources that tie together all these disparate events under the rubric of 'Exploding whales'. " It is not intuitively obvious how "Tainan City" and "Others" relate to the famous Dave Barry story, raising OR concerns for those sections. Before the article is nominated for GA again, at least some effort should be made to address the last featured article review.

2. Per Wikipedia:Good article nominations/Instructions, "it is highly preferable that they [the nominator] have contributed significantly and are familiar with the subject". The nominator in this case, User:FriyMan, has not contributed significantly- [1] it is good he attempted to add to the footnotes, but what is xpatmatt, and is it a WP:RS? Neither XPATMATT or its author, Matt Gibson, appear to have articles. Ribbet32 (talk) 22:49, 12 August 2017 (UTC)


Whale mass[edit]

The reported mass for the whale seems extremely low. Is there a specific source on that number? The reported length of 14 meters makes sense based on the picture, it's a rough cylinder, its radius appears to be around a meter, and its density is about the same as that of water, ~1000 kg/m^3, so its mass should be on the order of 44,000 kg.

According to the article on sperm whales, females are about 11 meters long and 14,000 kg, so the whale being 14 m long and only ~8,000 kg seems unlikely. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:06, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

Yes indeed, of course. This article was first written in the glory days of Wikipedia and it is entirely anecdotal in nature. None of it should be taken seriously. However, if any zoologist or physicist would like to do more calculations it could be borne in mind that being filled with methane might reduce the weight of the carcass since methane is less dense than air. Thincat (talk) 12:17, 8 January 2020 (UTC)

Not a preview; I hope.[edit]

There is a potential exploding whale beached up in Iceland. No further commentary. -- Cimon Avaro; on a pogostick. (talk) 10:56, 16 March 2021 (UTC)

And another one now in sweden. -- Cimon Avaro; on a pogostick. (talk) 18:15, 30 April 2021 (UTC)

Date issue[edit]

In Others/20th century section, the event is said to have taken place in 2011