Proof you can find anything you want on the Internet There is actually a site devoted to the famous Exploding whale of Florence. A dead sperm whale had washed up on an Oregon beach and local officials decided that it was better to blow it up rather than try hauling it away. However, they used far too much TNT, and it really wouldn't have worked anyway -- they were more or less expecting it to be pulverized or, at minimum, have it blown back to sea. Basically, it just blew it into a lot of large chunks that few for 1500', one of them totalling a guy's car.
The video of it is at the site along with other weird whale news.