In the Philippines, about 200 tons of illegally collected endangered giant seashells worth nearly 25 million US dollars were seized.
The police arrested four suspects in the ecologically protected province of Palawan Island.
These huge shells can grow to more than one meter and weigh up to 250 kilograms. They are considered vital to the local marine ecosystem.
He wrote that the Philippines is home to most tropical shellfish in the world. British Broadcasting Corporation.
Jovic Fabello, spokesperson for the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, said that among the confiscated shells were giant shellfish (d. quinoa), the largest shell in the world.
In the Philippines, killing or destroying endangered species can result in up to 12 years in prison and up to £15,000 (approximately £130,000) in fines.