High tide carries dead sperm whale away from N.L. town that tried to sell it on eBay

eBay ad for the beached whale. (QMI Photo)

eBay ad for the beached whale. (QMI Photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:39 PM ET

Cape St. George, N.L., no longer has to worry about a dead sperm whale on their shore after high tide and high winds pushed the rotting carcass back into the water.

Last week the small town made headlines after the mayor tried to sell the endangered species carcass on eBay, but was forced to take the add down after Environment Canada learned of the auction.

In a prepared statement to local media, Mayor Peter Fenwick said the town was preparing to deal with the 40-foot carcass without help from provincial or federal governments.

"We were debating among ourselves the best way to use the whale and were making plans to bury it on the beach until the flesh decomposed and the skeleton could be salvaged," the Western Star reports Fenwick said.

Fenwick added he had "mixed feelings" about the whale floating away, but said given the costly efforts to remove two blue whale carcasses from beaches north of the town, letting the tide take it away is likely the most economical solution.


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