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Whale skeleton - value

Discussion in 'Buyers and Sellers' started by Joastray, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. Joastray

    Joastray New Member


    A small whale has stranded in my backyard. I'm guessing that it is a Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), they are pretty common here at the Norwegian West coast. It is about 5-6 meters long and besides being dead it is in perfect condition.

    I am wondering it it is worth the trouble to clean it and then sell the skeleton?
    What would something like that be worth?
    I'm guessing that the real value is in the skull, should I just clean the skull and leave the rest to the crabs?
  2. Joastray

    Joastray New Member

    Sorry, I tried to move this to the beginner group..

  3. furcanada

    furcanada Member

    My first suggestion is to contact the Norwegian Environmental Authorities to obtain proper licencing
    to possess this whale. My quick search at CITES.org list this particular whale Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) as Appendix I. Therefore
    no trading is allowed.

    Good luck with the project

  4. I know in the US any post 1978 marine mammals are not permitted to be sold or traded. I'd check with your local wild life office to see what kinds of permits are needed where you are.