Don’t Get Caught Selling a Sturgeon In Britain

A fisherman who caught a 10-foot sturgeon off the West coast of Britain is being investigated by police. The fish — the source of caviar — was caught and auctioned off for $850, all without the permission of the Queen. The sturgeon, which is rarely seen in UK waters, is classified as a “royal” fish — a status granted by King Edward II. The law decreed that every sturgeon that is caught belongs to the Treasury and has to be offered to the monarch. That means the Queen has to be consulted before anything is done with one. Anyone found guilty of selling even one fish can face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to $6,450. The good news is that most of the time, when Buckingham Palace is consulted first, fisherman are allowed to keep what they catch.