Giant Sperm Whales and Other Weird Things Washed Ashore: 8-Foot Lego Men, Giant Eyeballs, and More!

Weird? Yes. But there's been weirder.

A few days ago, the carcass of a 40-foot sperm whale -- open-mouthed and oozing -- beached along Deerfield Beach's shore, and the locals got all huffy and melodramatic over the remnants of this mammoth oceanic creature.

Some local conservationists wanted to keep the whale around for scientific purposes, while mayor Peggy Noland ultimately said, wait, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? There can be no tolerance for the sperm whales! The sperm whales must be banished to -- um, Cuba?

But all this jazz over sperm whales got the wheels grindin' over here at the New Times monolith. We live in a strange land buttressed by an even stranger aquarium. Sometimes, those worlds collide. And is it awesome? It is.

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Terrence McCoy