Kalpetta: The flying squad of the forest department arrested two people in Wayanad on Thursday and seized 10 kg of ambergris (whale vomit). The accused have been identified as Wayanad native VT Prajeesh and Kasaragod native K Rebin.
They were nabbed by the squad in front of a homestay near Kariyambadi, Wayanad. The inspection was carried out by Kannur flying squad DFO Ajith K Raman and flying squad officials of Kalpetta, Kasaragod and Kannur divisions, on the basis of a tip-off received by Kozhikode vigilance forest conservator.
As per reports, the accused brought the ambergris from a Karnataka native residing in Kannur and was planning to sell it to Kasaragod natives.
According to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, whales are protected species under Schedule 2 and the possession or trade of ambergris and its byproducts are illegal in our country.
However, many people are attempting to trade ambergris based on the fake propaganda that it is worth crores in the international market, authorities said.
The inspection was conducted by a team of officials including range forest officers MP Sajeev, V Ratheeshan, K Shajeev, deputy range forest officers KV Anandan, Aravindakshan, A Anilkumar, K Chandran among others.