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Hundreds of endangered turtle shells seized
    2017-August-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

HUANGGANG Customs recently seized 246 pieces of endangered hawksbill turtle shells, weighing over 9 kg, at Futian Checkpoint, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

According to the report, a passenger was entering Shenzhen from Futian Checkpoint with only a thick black plastic bag at about 9 p.m. Aug. 23. He did not put the plastic bag through the X-ray machine for an examination, so the customs officers asked to inspect the bag.

During the inspection, officers found that the black plastic bag was filled with carapaces that seemed like turtle shells. The carapaces were about 10 to 20 cm long and about 3 mm thick. Overall, they were thinner than ordinary turtle shells, and they were thinner at the edges and thicker in the middle. When faced into the light, beautiful dark brown and yellowish markings were immediately seen on the inside.

After preliminary appraisal, the carapaces turned out to be unprocessed hawksbill turtle shells, which means they were peeled off the bodies of 246 hawksbill sea turtles. At present, the case has been handed over to the customs’ anti-smuggling department for further investigation.

It has been reported that hawksbill sea turtles are hunted for their beautifully colored shells composed of bony plates, which are prized for their use in jewelry and other decorative purposes. As a result, they have become the target of smugglers seeking to make illegal profits.

Hawksbill sea turtles are critically endangered and are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. In China, they are listed as second-class State-protected wild animals. (Zhang Yu)

 

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