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May 08, 2014

I'll bet we all regret missing this auction

Sperm whale carcass eBay auction taken offline after it runs afoul of site's rules — and federal government

Frustrated by a lack of help from the government, a town on Newfoundland's west coast tried to auction off a sperm whale carcass on eBay.

The gigantic dead mammal washed up in Cape St. George a week ago, Mayor Peter Fenwick told Canada.com. In Newfoundland, animal carcasses are the responsibility of the municipality they wash up in, even if they're 12 metres long and weigh 25 or 30 tons like this one does.

Disposing of a dead whale is no easy task and whether its buried, towed out to sea or sliced up to preserve the bones, it requires equipment and funds the town just doesn't have. Although Fenwick said he'd like to preserve the bones, "it's just not within our financial capability."

Posted by joke du jour at May 8, 2014 07:02 PM

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