A bizarre, macabre theft is being investigated in British Columbia this week, after someone stole the teeth from a dead orca.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is investigating the theft, and while officials couldn’t say why someone would want the teeth, whale ivory can be a hot commodity on the black market.
One thing is clear, however: It is very illegal to steal those teeth.
The Canadian Press reports that the body of a deceased orca was lying near a boat launch on Vancouver Island waiting to be examined by biologists.
The endangered whale had been found floating offshore late last week and was moved to shore for a post-mortem investigation.
It is still not clear what killed the whale, though it has been confirmed it was pregnant with a full-term calf at the time of her death.
Overnight, however, someone removed several teeth and damaged several others.
Her jaw and teeth were in great shape and solid,” DFO co-ordinator Paul Cottrell told the news agency.
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