UPDATE: Dead whale pulled off ebay

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An ebay ad for a dead sperm whale that’s washed up in Cape St. George has been pulled offline.

A screen shot of the eBay listing for the dead 40-foot sperm whale in Cape St. George.

 The town’s mayor, Peter Fenwick, says ebay informed the town it’s in violation of the website’s policy not to advertise and sell any parts of marine animals.

“We also got threatened by the federal department of the environment, and told to pull the ad off or they would prosecute us,” Fenwick says.

The bidding for the whale was up to $2,000 when the ad got pulled. Fenwick says monetary gain wasn’t really the town’s ambition — it just want somebody to take the whale away before it starts to rot. He’s been told it’s up to the town to cover the cost of the whale’s removal.

“We figured if it’s our responsibility, then it’s our whale. And if it’s our whale, well, why can’t sell it?”

Fenwick isn’t sure what the town’s next course of action will be, but says the ebay fiasco may not have been in vain. The move did draw national coverage of the town’s problem and unique attempt at dealing with it. He’s hoping that kind of free advertising may help the town find somebody who wants to take the whale away at their own cost.


Earlier story:

A dead 40-foot sperm whale being auctioned on eBay is picking up interest.

It currently has 15 bids and the price has gone from 99 cents to $238.03 in Canadian funds.

The seller is the town of Cape St. George which is responsible for disposing the whale, that rolled up on the beach last week, before it starts to decay.

In its eBay ad, the town says once the fat and flesh is removed, "you have  a spectacular 40-foot skeleton of the largest toothed whale in the world, great for museums and other attractions. To prevent it rotting in the town it can be towed to isolated beaches on the Port au Port Peninsula to allow the seagulls and other birds to remove the flesh. Call 709-644-2290 or 709-649-7070 for more details."

The ad has sparked some discussion on Twitter about whether marine mammal parts can be sold on eBay.

Another website www.skullsunlimited.com regularly sells marine mammal parts and currently has a minke whale skull for sale for $3,450 and sperm whale tooth priced at $39.

The eBay listing for the Cape St. George whale can be viewed HERE.


 (Earlier story)

Town to auction off dead whale on eBay

The Town of Cape St. George is turning to eBay in an attempt to get rid of a dead beached whale.

The town is asking for bids on the dead 40-foot sperm whale that landed on the beach at Marche's Point last week. The listing on eBay is for seven days and the successful bidder will have to remove the whale within 30 days.

"The 40 foot sperm whale will make a spectacular exhibit once the fat and muscle is removed, and the town is asking museums and other organizations that could use a whale skeleton to contact the town for further details," Mayor Peter Fenwick said in a news release.

"As a town we would dearly love to keep the whale and put it on exhibit in the town but the cost of such a venture would be hard to justify,” Fenwick added.

Anyone interested in purchasing the whale carcass can contact the town at 709-644-2290 or Mr. Fenwick at 709-649-7070.

Organizations: EBay

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Recent comments

  • Barry
    May 06, 2014 - 05:21

    There was a beached whale in Holyrood a number of years ago and the Provincial Government paid to have it removed from the site and towed out to sea.

  • John Harston
    May 05, 2014 - 21:35

    That was a brilliant idea! It is a shame that we must live by rules,But eBay has a point there are no shortages of boats and ships in Newfoundland. It wouldn't take much to tow the dead mammal off where it could benefit other aquatic life and of course birds

  • Karen Blandford
    May 05, 2014 - 21:34

    It they offered to tow it to an isolated beach before it rot and so animals can help nature take its course in the ebay ad why dont they just do that anyway?

  • Liability Question
    May 05, 2014 - 09:56

    W Bagg makes a great point! I think another issue might be related to health and saftey. The town is assuming ownership of this body (and I'm not even sure a town can take ownership of dead things that washes up on a beach, maybe it can and maybe it can't). But let's assume this is all perfectly legal. So, if the town assumes ownership of the body, then does the town also assume liability for this body? I mean, a rotting corpse must be very unsanitary and infectious. If they are selling this "product", are they liable for the health risks?

  • guy incognito
    May 05, 2014 - 08:42

    I'd imagine shipping for this would cost a lot. Do they take paypal?

  • W bagg
    May 05, 2014 - 08:28

    I don't think this is legal, try selling wild game or animal parts and you could be in deep trouble. Buddy on the Southern Shore went to jail for selling raw moose sausages.

  • guy incognito
    May 05, 2014 - 08:25

    I'd imagine shipping for this would cost a lot. Do they take paypal?