Skip to comments.eBay ends auction for beached sperm whale in Newfoundland
Posted on 05/06/2014 5:37:38 AM PDT by JoeProBono
Theres still a chance to own your very own bloated sperm whale carcass.
Even though the town of Cape St. George, N.L., has been foiled by eBay in its attempt to sell a beached sperm whale that washed up on its shores last week, the mayor remains hopeful someone will take the 12-metre carcass off his hands.
Peter Fenwick, the mayor of the town on Newfoundlands west coast, put the whale up for sale on eBay. Once the fat and flesh is removed you have a spectacular 40-foot (12-metre) skeleton of the largest toothed whale in the world, great for museums and other attractions, the listing stated.
But the website took the listing down Monday because it violates its policies on animals and wildlife products. Bidding had jumped from $238.03 to $2,075 within a couple of hours Monday before the auction was closed.
Despite the setback, Fenwick is sure the whales skeleton would be a welcome addition to a museum somewhere.
Our major objective was to get rid of the whale, and we feel that there may be enough out there who know about it, who may be interested in it, said Fenwick.
If they want a free whale, well be glad to give it to them, provided they can make suitable arrangements to remove it from the beach and put it in a place where its not a major annoyance to the community.
Fenwick said the whale carcass lies in cold water and hasnt begun to rot. Hes hoping the whale has a satisfied buyer with a plan to tow it away before that becomes a problem.
Fenwick said a decaying sperm whale stinks to high heaven and is a fly magnet.
Theyre full of gas bloated, Fenwick said. They are really rank. Its a terrible smell.
If it stays there, itll be a problem.
He suggests the buyer tow the carcass off to an unpopulated beach and then let seagulls, insects and other wildlife residents strip away the blubber.
Itll probably take a year or so to get down to the skeleton, he said.
None of the local boats is big enough to tow it, he said, although a tug boat up the coastline might be able to handle it.
He said this is the first time his community population 950 has turned to eBay to sell a whale.
We knew we had to do something with it and this seemed to be the least expensive way of disposing of it, Fenwick said.
Fenwick said the town received a disturbing phone call on Monday morning from someone who said he was a federal official. The caller said its illegal to sell the whale on eBay because its an endangered species, Fenwick said.
A spokesperson for the federal Department of the Environment and Conservation in St. Johns said they made no such call.
The sperm whale is also a source of ambergris, used in perfume making.
Trout River and Rocky Harbour, communities about 150 km north of Cape St. George, drew international attention recently when some local residents expressed concern about the possibility of beached blue whale carcasses exploding on their shorelines.
Those two communities have reached a deal with the Royal Ontario Museum to get rid of their blue whale carcasses.
I am not sure someone is going to pay for the “privilege” of hauling away a whale carcass. Sounds like the municipality will need to solicit bids from people will to haul the carcass away for a fee.
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