A Lantau village museum's centrepiece - a two-metre piece of a whale's jawbone washed up on a beach in the 1980s - has been seized by police and conservation officers two years after it went on display. They say the Tai O museum's owner, Wong Wai-king, may have contravened the Animals and Plants (Protection of Endangered Species) Ordinance. If convicted, she could face a fine of $5 million and as long as two years in prison. A defiant Ms Wong said: 'I am not scared of going to jail. All I have done is for the interest of Tai O's future generations.' When the police and conservation officials raided the Tai O Culture Workshop on Thursday, she initially refused to hand over the bone. But Ms Wong, 45, eventually surrendered it on the advice of legislator Leung Yiu-chung, whom she had called to the museum. The bone was picked up by villagers from a Tai O beach about 20 years ago. It was kept in a community centre for more than a decade before Ms Wong decided it should be preserved. It has been on display since the museum opened in 2001. 'Had it not been for our efforts to protect it, it might have been thrown away,' Ms Wong said. The workshop is funded largely by the sale of postcards and a book, Love Story of the Tai O Fishing Village, by Ms Wong. The village dates back to the Sung dynasty. A spokeswoman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said it would need to carry out further investigations before deciding whether the exhibit should be confiscated and Ms Wong prosecuted. Prior approval and a licence are required for possession of an endangered species or the remains of one.