Canadian town auctioning off beached whale on eBay

Bidding on the 40-foot sperm whale is almost up to $300.
By Evan Bleier   |   May 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM   |   Comments

CAPE ST. GEORGE, Newfoundland, May 5 (UPI) -- A Canadian town has put the dead body of a beached sperm whale up for auction on eBay.

Bids on the 40-foot sperm whale are closing in on $300 after the town of Cape St. George put it up for sale after it washed ashore last week.

"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," the eBay listing reads. β€œTo 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.”

The ad also offers free local pickup and whoever wins the bid will have 30 days to pick up the massive carcass. The auction will close May 11.

"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,” town Mayor Peter Fenwick said in a news release.

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