Something fishy: Mexico nabs traveler with endangered totoaba

phys.org | 4/25/2018 | Staff
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Mexican authorities arrested a Chinese airline passenger after a strong smell emanating from his suitcases led to the discovery that he was transporting body parts from hundreds of endangered totoaba fish.

Police at the Mexico City international airport "found 416 totoaba swim bladders in (the passenger's) two suitcases," the prosecutor general's office said in a statement Wednesday.

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The totoaba's swim bladder—an organ certain fish species use to control their buoyancy—is prized in Chinese traditional medicine for its purported rejuvenating qualities, and can fetch up to $20,000 on the...
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