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Canadian town tries to sell whale carcass on eBay

Published on May 6, 2014 6:23 AM
 
A rotting blue whale lies in shallow water after washing ashore in Trout River, Newfoundland on April 30, 2014, in this handout courtesy of NTV News. A fishing village in easternmost Canada tried on Monday to auction off on eBay a sperm whale carcass that washed up onto its shores. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MONTREAL (AFP) - A fishing village in easternmost Canada tried on Monday to auction off on eBay a sperm whale carcass that washed up onto its shores.

By midday, the town of Cape St. George, Newfoundland had received dozens of bids – the highest topping US$2,000 (S$2,500) – 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.

 
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