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one_of_a_kind

Member Since: February 21, 2012

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  • April 18, 2012 at 1:26pm

    Regarding the whale, my sister has lived in Florence for many years. This is what she had to say:
    This story of the whale being blown up happened here in Florence in the 1970’s
    between the 1st and 2nd parking lot at south jetty. They didn’t mention that a guy who
    worked in Army demolition told them they were setting the blast wrong, that the explosives
    should be put on the seaward side of the whale, so it would blow out to sea. They told him
    they knew what they were doing. The whale blubber flew inland and two big pieces landed
    on bay street and the one that landed on the car, was the car that belonged to the guy
    who told them they were doing it wrong. He had had the car for only a week and it was
    brand new. The guy lived in Eugene and a week later he got a new car, compliments
    of the state of Oregon. The people who were watching ended up with whale oil on their
    clothing and it didn’t smell too good. It was a funny story.