Man tries to board plane with seal's head

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  1. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    In this age of heightened airport security, screeners are under stringent orders to carefully screen baggage for items not suitable for air travel. Yesterday at Logan Airport they discovered one for the books: the severed head of a harbor seal.

    Granted, there are no known security risks associated with severed seal heads, but it immediately raised the concerns of airport security agents. They discovered it in a small canvas cooler and immediately notified state and federal authorities, according to Phil Orlandella, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority.

    The head was apparently checked in by a Colorado man in his 40s, officials said. His identity was not released.

    The man, who bound for Denver, told investigators that he is a biology professor and that he had found a dead seal on Revere Beach, officials said. He then cut off its head so he could take it home for educational purposes, he told them.

    After more than an hour of questioning at the airport by federal and state authorities, investigators said the man was allowed to board a plane -- without the seal's head.

    The head is now in the possession of investigators from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Office for Law Enforcement, according to agency spokesman Mark Oswell.

    Oswell said the man could face charges under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, which carries civil fines of up to $12,000, criminal fines up to $20,000, and possible imprisonment of up to a year. The act, among other things, makes it illegal to disrupt or remove body parts from a dead mammal.

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  3. LinnieB

    LinnieB Former Member

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    Another one of your fine Bizzaro's.... :angel:
     

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