NANNING—More than 1,600 pieces of crocodile skins and 500 kilograms of what appears to be crocodile meat were seized in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, coast guards said Thursday.
During a patrol Tuesday, a group of coast guards boarded a boat around 3 a.m., which was carrying a number of large polystyrene boxes. Upon inspection, the boxes contained what appeared to be 1,609 crocodile skins, each around 1.4 meters long, and 506 kilograms of crocodile meat.
The boat and its owner have been detained.
Crocodiles are under state protection in China and are also classed as endangered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Crocodile skins are often used for luxury handbags.