Interest shown in dead sperm whale

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Cape St. George mayor still hoping for a taker

A sperm whale has washed up on the beach in Marche’s Point.

Due to some interest shown, Cape St. George Mayor Peter Fenwick is hoping the exercise his town had with will result in the town getting rid of an unwanted problem.

The problem is a dead 40-foot sperm whale that washed up on the beach in Marche’s Point last week. The mammal is starting to deteriorate and is expected to draw lots of flies and scavenger birds.

The town council had placed an ad on the online auction website eBay trying to get rid of the whale, but eBay removed the item from its site Monday for violating its marine mammal policy. The town had also been threatened with legal action by the federal Department of Environment.

In the meantime, Fenwick said the town had received a few inquiries about removing the whale.

One was from a company in Calgary that specializes in the removal of dinosaur fossils. Fenwick said this company was involved in a whale display at Newfoundland’s King’s Point. He said the company seems to have a lot of contacts in industry and he’s hoping it will find someone interested in the whale.

Fenwick said someone from the Baie Verte area also called to make an inquiry. He said it doesn’t matter to the town who takes the carcass, as long as the company or organization is willing to remove it from the beach.

“We’re hoping that the exercise with eBay got word out enough that it will result in this problem being dealt with,” Fenwick said.

Anyone interested in taking the whale carcass off Cape St. George’s hands can contact the town office: (709) 644-2290, or Fenwick at (709) 649-7070.

Organizations: EBay, Department of Environment.In

Geographic location: Cape St. George, Marche, Calgary Newfoundland Baie Verte

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Recent comments

  • John
    May 07, 2014 - 12:17

    I'm ignorant of the various regulations and technical limitations in this case, so please forgive me if this reads impertinent. I'm curious, this problem has been festering for a few days now and must be causing a lot of distress/pollution in the locality - is it technically impossible to tow it out to the sea using a few lines and powerful boats? Is that not legally permissible for some reason? Thanks!

  • Wilf Jaschinski
    May 07, 2014 - 06:37

    These small towns don't have the resources to deal with the beached whale carcasses. Government agencies are unwilling to help, but quick to threaten legal action. Maybe the Department of Environment could send some of their officials equipped with deboning knives and wheelbarrows to help dispose of the rotting carcasses. That would seem like the environmentally sound thing to do, rather than threatening legal action.