Authorities found a dolphin skull in someone’s luggage in Detroit: NPR

U.S. Customs and Border Protection found the skull of a young dolphin in someone’s luggage at Detroit Metro Airport last week, CBP said.

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The skull of a young dolphin was found in luggage last week, according to US Customs and Border Protection.

The luggage had been separated from its owner on an international flight returning to the United States, then had been scanned by x-ray at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. A skull-like shape was detected and CBP and US Fish and Wildlife Service officers identified it as a dolphin upon further inspection, CBP said.

“Possession of wildlife items, especially those of protected animals, is prohibited,” said CBP Area Port Manager 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.”

Certain fish and wildlife products are subject to restrictions, permits and prohibitions on entering and leaving the country, including “wild birds, terrestrial or marine mammals, reptiles, fish , crustaceans, molluscs, or invertebrates, and any animal part or product, including skins, tusks, bones, feathers, or eggs,” CBP said.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is now in possession of the skull and will investigate further.


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