In a photograph taken Saturday, volunteers prop up a pilot whale at Farewell Spit in New Zealand. Overnight, more than 200 of the stranded whales returned to the sea. Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A report by KATU-TV on officials' decision to blow up an 8-ton dead whale on an Oregon beach in 1970 went on to become an early viral video. The highway engineer who led the operation died this week. YouTube hide caption

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