Queen Elizabeth II owns every dolphin in Britain

A statute issued during the reign of King Edward II in 1324 grants the Sovereign dominion over all dolphins, porpoises, sturgeons and whales “taken in the sea or elsewhere within the realm.”

Today, these sea creatures are still recognised as “fishes royal” in Britain. As an article in Time notes, they can technically be claimed on behalf of the Crown whenever they are captured within three miles of UK shores.

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