Thursday, June 21, 2007

Seal oosik anyone ?

An Alaska man has pleaded guilty to selling more than 100 fur seal "oosiks" – or penises – to a local gift shop that intended to sell the items as an aphrodisiac.

Michael Richard Zacharof, an Aleut and former tribal president from the Bering Sea village of St. Paul, pleaded guilty this week to one count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Federal law forbids the sale of any raw marine mammal parts unless they have been crafted into pieces of Alaska Native artwork.

In Zacharof's case, the former tribal leader sold the raw seal penises to a gift shop catering to customers from Asia. The shop then sold the items for about $100 each, according to the Justice Department.

Assistant US Attorney Andrea Steward said seal penis bones, also known as seal sticks, are believed to have properties similar to erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra. Zacharof faces a possible one-year prison term and a $20,000 fine, the US Attorney's office said.

4 comments:

Babs said...

Poor little castrated seals...

dom said...

I've written to Victoria's Secret , asking if they'll donate some Strap-ons for the poor willyless seals.

Dx said...

Try bringing back an oosik when you're at Loch Ness in August.

dom said...

Is that the sort of thing you find lying around Loch Ness' shores ? Sure beats condoms on Skegness shore.