A small Newfoundland town has been told it cannot sell the remains of a beached sperm whale, and especially not on eBay.
The mayor of Cape St. George, N.L., tried to sell the carcass on eBay but on Monday was told by Environment Canada that was illegal because the sperm whale is an endangered species.
A few hours later, eBay pulled a listing for the whale, saying it violated their rules. Bids at the time topped $2,000.
Mayor Peter Fenwick said Tuesday publicity from the pulled listing has generated some interest from at least two parties, although he said it wasn't clear if they were individuals or an organization.
Now he hopes the town can just give it away.
"I can't believe giving away a whale is a problem," Fenwick said from the bed-and-breakfast he runs in the town located on the western part of the island.
If no one will take the whale, which has been on the beach for about a week, Fenwick said they'll have to remove it themselves.
"The smell of rotting fat is horrible," he said, adding waterfront property owners should not have to be bothered with "not only the smell but also the legions of flies."
He said the town does not have a budget to remove the whale to area where it can go through the natural decomposition process. The province has not offered any help, and "all we got from the federal government was threats."
If the town does take on the project, Fenwick said, then the question becomes: "What do you do with a 40-foot skeleton?"