The Environmental Protection Division of the Peru Police have seized 16,260 seahorses in Lima, where they were found by officers on the street, tucked in boxes. The animal cargo was abandoned by smugglers when they realized that they had been discovered.
The head of that division, Colonel Victor Fernandez said Thursday that apparently horses from the north of Peru, were to be sent to Asian countries like South Korea, Japan and China, where they are used as an ingredient for aphrodisiac drinks.
Fernandez was quoted by the station RPP radio, said that for every kilo of powdered seahorse paid about 4,800 euros in the international market, so it would almost merchandise seized 112,000 euros.
The sea horse is an endangered species and prohibits fishing Peru since 2004. Nevertheless, Peruvian authorities seized 20 tons last year.