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Omgoozle 05-13-2014 09:32 AM

You find the coolest things on eBay...
 
Canadian village tries to sell dead whale - Story - World - 3 News

Canadian village tries to sell dead whale

Tuesday 06 May 2014 11:25a.m.

A fishing village in easternmost Canada has tried to auction off on eBay a sperm whale carcass that washed up onto its shores.

The town of Cape St George, Newfoundland received dozens of bids - the highest topping US$2,000 (NZ$2,300) - before running afoul of the online auction site's rules and the law.

The 12-metre sperm whale carcass washed ashore about a week ago.

The town of 1,000 residents does not have the means to dispose of the rotting carcass itself, according to the mayor, and Canada's fisheries department declined to get involved.

Worried that the smell from the rotting carcass would soon become intolerable, the town's council voted on Sunday to list the whale on eBay, hoping to find a buyer to take it away.

Federal officials "didn't offer any suggestions about what to do with it, and didn't offer assistance, they just said 'You have to get rid of it', so we decided to list it on eBay," Mayor Peter Fenwick told AFP.

"Frankly we would sell it for zero if we had to ... as long as they take responsibility for removing the whale," he said, suggesting that its skeleton could be put on display in a museum.

The eBay listing, after gaining notoriety, was soon removed by the online auction website because it is against its rules on not selling animals, alive or dead, an employee told AFP.

At the same time, federal officials contacted the mayor to tell him it is illegal to try to sell the whale carcass.

"We are now at a point where we want to have a look at the regulations and see if there is any way around that," Fenwick said.

He said he doesn't want to break the law by "selling a whale illegally," but added, "we don't have very much choice because if it sits there, as it starts to rot ... it will give off a tremendous stench."

Read more: Canadian village tries to sell dead whale - Story - World - 3 News

MM78 05-13-2014 10:00 AM

Re: You find the coolest things on eBay...
 
I would of totally bid on that bad boy.

pokerpro 05-13-2014 01:06 PM

Re: You find the coolest things on eBay...
 
Why don't they tow it out to sea and let the sharks have it??

rsot 05-13-2014 01:50 PM

Re: You find the coolest things on eBay...
 
That story was on the news - other options of funding are being explored now :)

MM78 05-13-2014 02:49 PM

Re: You find the coolest things on eBay...
 
Once I win this whale I'm gonna donate it to rsot....

Sandy D 05-13-2014 05:43 PM

Re: You find the coolest things on eBay...
 
Dang Canadians will sell anything they can get their hands on.

:spy:


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