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November 12th

Save the DATE!
More information to come!

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Merchandise sold through Homegrown helps support the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum as well as items from the Memorial.

Items sold through AUSTENTATIOUS & BeauxArts Fine Art Materials helps support Art & Youth Art Activities in the Siuslaw Region.



On November 9th 1970, a 45 foot ~8ton sperm whale washed ashore on the South Jetty in Florence, Oregon.


The beach location was under the jurisdiction of Oregon Department of Transportation, née Oregon Highway Division. Ideas to assist decomposition lead to the idea to blow up the whale. A charge of one-half short ton (lots) of dynamite was selected to break the carcass down and distribute pieces for nature to continue the decomposition process.


Detonation was at 3:45pm on November 12th, 1970. 2021 Celebration is on Saturday the 13th.


The explosion threw whale flesh around 800 feet in a hemisphere of directions.


Needless to say, the idea didn’t really work as desired, BUT most importantly, we celebrate this historical event for many reasons.


Unfortunately, in 1979, 41 sperm whales beached nearby on the same beach, state parks officials burned and buried them.



You may wonder why celebrate something that seems disgusting or not something to celebrate?


Over the past few years, more & more people and businesses have wanted to participate in a celebration. This celebration covers many things:


  • Cultural event that has lived on for more than 50 years!

  • Lesson on learning from our mistakes

  • Celebrate nature, our environment and it’s processes

  • A debacle that has turned into a local legend AND known world wide

  • Honoring history, even the absurd

  • Channels morbid curiosity into a positive channels that support local flavor

  • Promotes economic prosperity

  • A community pride event

  • Helps fund local arts & cultural activities

  • etcetera


Learn more about the Exploding Whale at the Siulsaw News location on the Whale Trail.


2021 Community Partners & Promotions

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