a whole mess of energy

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Does "a whole mess of energy" mean "a whole large quantity of energy"? If so, the collocation of "whole" and "large" appears awkward to me.

Thanks in advance

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The explosive event? The duo showed that two tiny particles known as bottom quarks could theoretically fuse together in a powerful flash. The result: a larger subatomic particle, a second, spare particle known as a nucleon, and a whole mess of energy spilling out into the universe.

-Scientific American

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