Is the sailfish under any special status or protections?
No they are not under any special status or protection. :)
Absolutely. Any person meeting the requirement for refugee status under the applicant country, and generally under international law, can be, in principle, accorded refugee status. Cases of U.S. citizens seeking refugee status are rare; accordance of refugee status to U.S. citizens still rarer. Cases do exist.
Egyptians were the first to master embalming. Egyptians had special tools they used to extract the dead's brains and organs. Then once they filled the hollowed out body with embalming fluid, they would be wrapped in cloth and placed in a coffin according to their status. And also according to their status they would be placed in a tomb under a pyramid. (King/Queen only)