The worth of the sea cucumber was around Rs 7.5 lakh, the officials said.

Four arrested in Tamil Nadu for smuggling endangered marine species to Sri Lanka Representational image by Paulsen Anders via Wikimedia Commons
news Crime Friday, February 05, 2016 - 10:45

Seventy five kg of sea cucumber, an endangered coral reef species, was seized on Thursday when it was being transported from the seacoast to Mandapam near Rameswaram and four persons were arrested in this connection, police said.

Police said the sea cucumber, a delicacy in many south east Asian nations, was being transported to Mandapam en route to Sri Lanka by four persons when their car was stopped and checked by coastal marine police.

Police seized the sea cucumber and arrested them.

The worth of the sea cucumber was around Rs 7.5 lakh, the officials said.

Sea cucumbers, which play an important role in maintaining the marine ecological system, have been classified as endangered species and their harvest banned under the Wildlife Protection Act.

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