Video: Dead sperm whale collapses and explodes

The huge carcass was getting taken to a landfill site when it fell and burst open

Onlookers were left shocked after the body of a dead sperm whale collapsed and exploded onto a truck bed in Uruguay.

In footage uploaded to YouTube yesterday, the giant mammal was being lifted onto the truck to be taken to a landfill site when the straps on the hoist broke.

The whale washed up on Carrasco beach in Montevideo and was in a state of decay when local authorities were trying to move it.

It was nearly lowered safely onto the truck but at the last moment the hoist gave way.

The rotting corpse was partially split open, leaving some of its innards hanging out but the impact caused the body to deteriorate even further. 

No one was injured in the incident but the body left a foul stench as it was transported to the landfill site to be buried.   

This is not the first time a sperm whale has burst, only last year a video of another exploding sperm whale went viral. The dead creature washed up in the Faroe Islands and was undergoing an examination when its stomach burst open due a build up of gases.   

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