The fisherman in the clip was reportedly tasked with cutting the carcass up to avoid further health hazard but hit a gas pocket through the whale‘s blubber, according to News.com.au.
The cutting of a dead whale was handled more delicately in this instance on Science Channel. But it still was stinky going, with the creature emitting methane, hydrogen sulphide and ammonia, nuclear chemist Alistair Linstell said.
According to National Geographic, sperm whales are bigger than a school bus and eat about a ton of fish and squid a day. They are listed as “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List Of Threatened Species. Sperm whales used to be threatened by “extensive commercial whaling,” but today threats include entanglement in fishing nets, collisions with ships and ingestion of marine debris.’