Giant clam shells worth US$3.3 million seized in Philippine raid

Giant clam shells worth US$3.3 million seized in Philippine raid

Channel NewsAsia - Asia·2021-03-05 17:02

MANILA: Philippine authorities have seized illegally harvested giant clam shells worth US$3.3 million as smugglers turn to the endangered creatures as a substitute for the illicit ivory trade.

In one of the biggest operations of its kind in the country, 80 tonnes of the tropical species were discovered in a village on a remote island in the western archipelago of Palawan, officials said on Friday (Mar 5).

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