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Re: Humor and whales
Well, here is what a friend of mine who lives in Portland had to say when
I showed him the whale story:
Stranger than fiction, it is in fact true! Unfortunately I have no
direct memory of the incident, even though I was living in Oregon at the
time: I only heard about it three years or so ago on alt.culture.oregon.
By the way, there are people who hang out on a.c.o who would kill for a
copy of that tape... .
As far as I've been able to piece things together, it was actually a small
pod of whales that beached themselves, numerous methods were proposed,
all involving heavy equipment and great expense, and the pyrotechnic option
was tried (one time) as the cost-effective option. Apparently there was some
damage to a car, and much consternation concerning the Reddi-Pop Whale Blubber
fallout... . (The State Parks Department is now in charge of the Oregon
coast rather than the Highway Department... I don't know whether this
incident had anything to do with the transfer of authority.)
I wish that the poster you got this from hadn't removed the NOAA address
paths: My uncle is with the Weather Service and just transferred to
Glasgow, Montana. He's desperately seeking some sort of network
Well, there you have it. Judge for yourself!