ROMULUS, Mich. – We’ve had some interesting things try to cross through airport security through the years. But this one is something.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported finding “something fishy” in some international baggage at Detroit Metro Airport last week.
The luggage had been inadvertently separated from its owner during transit. While processing re-entry in the U.S., routine x-ray screenings revealed a skull-shaped object in one of the bags. Here’s what that looked like:
After further examination by CBP and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, it was determined the skull was from a young dolphin.
CBP said certain fish and wildlife, and products made from them, are subject to import and export restrictions, prohibitions, permits or certificates, as well as other requirements. This includes wild birds, land or marine mammals, reptiles, fish, shellfish, mollusks or invertebrates, and any animal part or product, to include skins, tusks, bone, feathers, or eggs.
“The possession of wildlife items, especially those of protected animals is prohibited,” said Area Port Director Robert Larkin. “We take wildlife smuggling seriously and work closely with our federal partners at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect wildlife and their habitats.”
The dolphin skull was turned over to Office of Law Enforcement wildlife inspectors within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for further investigation. It’s unclear if the owner of the bag was identified by authorities or if the person will face any charges.
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