In a major haul, The Indian Coast Guard recovered 97 kg of sea cucumbers from Tamil Nadu’s North Vedalai sea shore, the officials said on Saturday.
According to the ICG officials, the recovered species were later handed over to the Tamil Nadu Forest Department for conservation.

@IndiaCoastGuard station #Mandapam recovered 97 kg of endangered sea cucumbers from North #Vedalai sea shore in Palk Strait. These precious species, protected under Wildlife Protection Act 1972, handed over to TN Forest Dept. for conservation efforts #WildlifeProtection… pic.twitter.com/889OHel7Pq

— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) May 4, 2024

“Indian Coast Guard station–Mandapam recovered 97 kg of endangered sea cucumbers from North Vedalai sea shore in Palk Strait. These precious species handed over to TN Forest Dept for conservation efforts,” the ICG said.

Sea cucumbers, so named because of their resemblance to the vegetable, are single-branched marine organisms generally found on the sea floor. These marine creatures possess leathery skin and an elongated body containing a single-branched gonad.
Classified as an endangered species, sea cucumbers are protected and their harvest is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.
The main reason for the smuggling is the high price sea cucumber fetches in the international market. (ANI)