Guardia Civil and Airport customs agents suspicions of something fishy going on was confirmed, when they discovered an unusual smuggling case last week… 310 kilos of eels.
Officers at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport discovered 250 kilos of the eels disguised as barnacles in the cargo terminal.
Two days later, a passenger to Hong Kong was discovered to have 60 kilos of the fish in their suitcases.
The eels – European Anguilla eels – have seen numbers fall and are now endangered as their habitat has been lost, and through illegal overfishing.
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