May 6, 2014 4:10 pm

Mayor unwilling to let dead sperm whale rot on Newfoundland shore

A sperm whale carcass on shore in Cape St. George, N.L., in this recent handout photo.


CAPE ST. GEORGE, N.L. – People living in Cape St. George, N.L., aren’t sure what to do with a dead whale that’s settled along their shoreline.

But Mayor Peter Fenwick says letting the 12-metre sperm whale simply rot is out of the question.

Fenwick tried to sell the carcass on eBay, but the ad was taken down for violating a policy on animals and wildlife products.

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He says at least two people have since expressed interest in removing the whale, which the town is now offering for free.

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The federal Fisheries Department says it’s not responsible for the whale because it’s within the town’s boundaries.

Fenwick says the carcass is in good shape, though it appears someone sliced through the whale’s belly.

Watch below: Blue whale carcasses were spotted on the ice off the southwest coast of Newfoundland in early April, while a sperm whale carcass washed up on the southeast coast. Warning: Disturbing images.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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