(Discovery) 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 $2,000 — before running afoul of the online auction site’s rules and the law.

The 12-meter (40-foot) sperm whale carcass washed ashore about a week ago.

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