A sperm whale which washed up on Iceland’s shores earlier this week may become the Penis Museum’s newest donor.
RÚV reports that the whale was spotted on the shores of Skarðsvík, located in the Árneshreppur region of the Westfjords. The 12-15 metre carcass was visible from the road, as traffic reportedly slowed as passers-by checked it out.
News of the beached sperm whale traveled fast, as Vísir now reports that The Icelandic Phallological Museum – known colloquially as the Penis Museum – has contacted the owner of the land where the whale beached, expressing an interest in the whale’s penis.
Sigurður Hjartarson, the founder of the museum, told reporters that he has not yet received an answer from the landowner.
“All the sperm whales who beach here are males,” he said. “They are the ones who weren’t able to form a harem. They come here.”
Gísli Víkingsson, a specialist at the Marine Research Institute of Iceland, told RÚV that sperm whales beach themselves fairly regularly on Iceland’s shores – about two or three times a year. The ivory of sperm whales is also sought after, as readers may remember from 2012, when the jaw of a sperm whale was poached shortly after it beached itself in Snæfellsnes.