A fin whale – the second largest species in the world after the blue whale – almost 17 meters long, was discovered on a beach near Ashkelon.
On Sunday, government experts collected samples from the body of the cetacean, which was then buried in the sand on the beach by an excavator and bulldozer, an AFP photographer said, according to Agerpres.
Israeli authorities initially linked the cetacean’s death to an oil spill, but Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority said Friday that his death “cannot be linked to tar pollution.”
According to her, the cetacean, a male weighing 25 tons, was in an advanced stage of decomposition, which meant that his death was dated about two weeks before the pollution.
Cleaning operation after a large oil spill on the coast
Israeli authorities and NGOs cleaned the Israeli coast from the Mediterranean on Sunday after discovering one of the largest oil spills in the country’s history, informs AFP.
This oil slick is due to the discharge of “tens to hundreds of tons” of bitumen from a ship, according to the initial indications of the Ministry of Environment.
“Due to the bitumen pollution of the beaches and the Mediterranean Sea (…), the Ministries of Environment, Health and Interior request the population not to go to the beach to swim or play sports, until further notice,” they said. these in a joint statement.
Officials from the Ministry of Environment, army teams, civilians and members of some NGOs crossed the country’s coasts to pick up the failed tar on the beaches.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to the beaches of Ashdod, south of Tel Aviv, to take part in clean-up operations with Environment Minister Gila Gamliel.
‘We have to look to the future. This event and others like it around the world show us how crucial it is to move away from polluting energies in favor of renewable energies, “Gamliel said on the spot.
Strong winds and unusually high waves shook the Israeli coast last week, spilling tons of tar onto beaches from Rosh HaNikra near Lebanon to Ashkelon on the edge of the Gaza Strip.
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