The organisation hopes for an increase in donations on the back of the publicity generated by the incident – and it looks as if it’s off to a good start. A red plastic watering can, used by one medic to pour water over the whale as it lay in its sling, is being auctioned on eBay until 1 February and, at 23 January, had gained a top bid of $10,000 (about Ã‚Â£5600).
It is not clear whether that bidder is looking to exploit the purchase commercially, is simply a private buyer hooked by the can’s ‘fame’, or is a straightforward benefactor using the purchase as the vehicle for a donation.
Bid on it here, before it’s too late! It’s a symbol of hope, you know.