A Brief History of Exploding Whales/ The Atlantic "Jack Lawson, a scientist affiliated with the Canadian fisheries department, told the media that his main concern was neither the stench nor the possibility of an explosion. He warned that the worst thing would be for a person to get too close to the whale and fall inside it"
Tested Explains: How Scientists Prevent Whales from Exploding. Two things you should know about exploding whales: You can vent a whale before it gets severely bloated, which scientists do all the time. And a whale is not going to explode unless you poke it.