Fifty years ago Oregon had a “whale of a problem” explained reporter Paul Linnman. In November of 1970, a 45-ft, 8-ton whale carcass washed ashore in Florence, OR just 60 miles west of Eugene and the nearest beach town. It had been so long since a whale washed ashore, none of the locals remembered exactly how they’d disposed of the last one. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but one particularly large piece of whale carcass did smash the roof of one spectator’s car. In the end, what was left of the whale carcass was buried by authorities.