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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fish Die Waiting at Customs

Thousands of tropical fish have died at the Adler airport after being held in customs for 15 hours in the summer heat, RIA-Novosti reported Tuesday.

The 4,000 fish worth $480,000 died after customs officials spent 15 hours clearing the cargo Saturday, the report said. The fish had been shipped from China and made a brief stop in India.

The fish were intended for Sochi Discovery World, Russia’s largest oceanarium, which is slated to open this month.

Oceanarium director Amin Azzam said the fish loss is an “atrocity unseen anywhere else in the world.”