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2009 March 8
A rare Fin Whale washed ashore near the Heceta Head Lighthouse just north of Florence. The 55 foot whale had already died when it landed on the sand. It had been seen on Friday the 6th but appeared to be in some sort of distress. It first washed ashore near the Sea Lion Caves on Saturday. Later, it was carried back out to sea by the tide. Then, on Sunday, it appeared on Devil's Elbow Beach. Officials closed the beach for the safety of both the spectators and the fallen whale. Because it is unlawful to do anything with a whale carcass, a local contractor was hired to make a trench in the sand where the whale was buried. Oregon State University biologists performed a necropsy for the burial. It is not known why the whale became distressed though it did appear to be bleeding before it died.


1970 November 12
The famous Exploding Whale
State Highway Division crews used a 1/2 ton of dynamite to blow up the remains of a 45-foot sperm whale that washed ashore about a mile south of the Siuslaw River.

The explosion, which was caught on video, tossed pieces of blubber into the air and onto spectators and vehicles below. After the explosion, the local seagulls and other scavengers whom the officials had hoped would eat the remains had disappeared!

See a video of the event posted on YouTube. Also more information may be found here.


This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Florence and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.


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