No Way to Make Soup—Thirty-two tons of contraband shark fins seized on the high seas

By Janet Raloff, 15:48 PM April 15, 2008

Something looked suspicious.

On Aug. 13, a helicopter from the Navy's USS Fife spotted an 84-foot fishing boat–the King Diamond II out of Honolulu–plowing slowly through international seas southeast of Acapulco, Mexico. Riding low in the water, the modern vessel appeared weighted down with heavy cargo. Yet there were no signs of fishing gear. Particularly curious, on its deck was a shipping container like those ferried by long-haul trucks or container ships.

When the crew radioed in the sighti...

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