Authorities in Peru say they’ve detained a ship carrying 12.three million dried seahorses with a $6 million export worth in an unprecedented operation.
Peruvian marines adopted the Adonay ship for a number of days earlier than intercepting it about 200 miles (322 kilometers) off the Pacific coast.
On board, authorities discovered 55 packing containers crammed with seahorses in what Peruvians say is the biggest such seize on document.
4 crew members have been additionally detained and withstand 5 years in jail every.
All through the years, the ocean creature has been illegally purchased to be used in Chinese language drugs.
However considerations about declining populations have led many international locations to implement export bans.
Authorities introduced the most recent operation Tuesday and say the seahorses might be donated to investigative facilities and native universities for analysis.