Cargo Craziness: Shark Fin Soup?

After trying to help our friend relocate his rats a couple of weeks ago, it got me thinking.

Surely live rats aren’t the weirdest thing anyone has ever tried to ship?

So I had a little Google and lo and behold, I was right!

The internet is awash with tales of weird and wonderful (and slightly terrifying!) things that have been found in freight.

Here’s my top 5…

Unexplained Radiation…
A standard radiation check in Italy came up with a surprising result.

Despite there being nothing in the container except for a seemingly harmless piece of copper, the radiation output reported was at the highest possible level.

No one knows what prompted that crazy radiation reading or even where the container came from!

A Human Leg…
This one was never actually shipped, it was a container used for storage but it’s such a crazy story I had to add it in.

In 2007 Mr W bought a storage container at an auction. Inside the container, he found a meat smoker, complete with a human leg inside!

When the police investigated they found that it belonged to the previous owner of the unit who had kept it after an amputation. Takes hoarding to a whole new level…

Dead Bodies…
This has got to be the worst thing to find by far.

From murder victims to failed human trafficking attempts, it seems that dead bodies are often cropping up in old cargo containers. Just last week 39 bodies were found inside a container on a truck heading through Essex. Sadly, it’s not the first time, nor will it likely be the last.

Vipers, Tarantulas and Cobras…
Nope, it’s not the name of the next “Snakes on a Plane” movie sequel. Although it could be their inspiration.

Biosecurity officers in Melbourne got a nasty surprise when they x-rayed a box marked “2 pair shoes” and found it packed full of critters, including six vipers, two hognose snakes, three royal pythons, four Asian forest scorpions, two Brazilian tarantulas, two Colombian giant tarantulas and five Mexican red-knee tarantulas.

Shark Fins…
Ethiopian Airlines has recently come under fire for transporting two shipments of shark fins from Ecuador, via Miami, to the EU and on to Hong Kong.

They insist they didn’t know what they were transporting. But the documents say otherwise.

While they’re not the most gruesome thing on this list, they do pose an interesting debate about the morals of moving controversial cargo.

So what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever transported? Can you top this list?