Customs officers found something rather fishy in one passenger’s baggage at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. While doing their routine x-rays for an unaccompanied suitcase, US Customs and Border Protection agents found a skull-shaped object inside, which then prompted further examination by the Board of Security and US Fish and Wildlife Service. That’s when officials officially determined the object was indeed the skull of a young dolphin.
The baggage had been separated from its owners during transit and was screened when it re-entered the United States. “The possession of wildlife items, especially those of protected animals is prohibited,” stated Robert Larkin, area port director. “We take wildlife smuggling seriously and work closely with our federal partners in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect wildlife and their habitats.”
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All porpoises and dolphins are protected under the Marine Mountain protection act, with some species listed under the endangered species act, this according to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration. As such, they are regulated by Import and Export restrictions, which include skins and bones.
Dolphin Skull Found Luggage at Detroit Airport
The dolphin’s skull was quickly turned over to fish and wildlife officials in order to investigate where it came from, according to CBP.
Still, this is pretty impressive, I bet the agent who has the job of overseeing x-rays didn’t expect this at all. Sure you find a few drugs or some vapes in luggages, but you don’t expect to find a huge skull inside a suitcase. Let alone a dolphin skull that looks quite suspicious.
I’ve never seen a dolphin school, obviously, but this to me is insane. I don’t know what I expected a dolphin skull to look like, but it definitely wasn’t this. Also, can we talk about their noses? Look at how big that is, you don’t expect it to be that big whenever you see a dolphin in real life. Makes you wonder what other fish schools are like.