Parks and Nature Authority says Israel in the midst of its “shark season,” when
higher numbers of sharks seek out warm water near power plants.
fishermen were in for a surprise on Thursday morning when they found a 3- meter
blue shark thrashing in their net.
Unable to free the shark from his net,
Ashraf Suway towed it to dock at the Acre marina, where it quickly became a
Writer and photographer Refat Akar from the website
Sonnara.net published a series of photos on Thursday that showed
passersby and children posing on the monster fish, and said that Suway told him
that no fisherman had caught a shark that size in the area of the Acre marina in
Ayal Miller of the Parks and Nature Authority went to the Acre
dock to pick up the shark on Thursday morning, and expressed a somewhat more
“There are a lot of sharks like this, just people
don’t catch very many of them. This is not some sort of revolution though,” he
Miller said the shark’s head and tail were removed and sent to
researchers at Tel Aviv University.
Omri Gal, a spokesman for the Parks
and Nature Authority said Israel is currently in the midst of its shark season,
during which larger than usual numbers of shark come closer to the country’s
shores in areas like Hadera and Ashkelon, where power plants are near the
Gal said the sharks seek out those areas so that they can hunt the
fish that swim in the warm waters that stream into the sea from the power
He added that, during the season, the authority supervises the
areas around seaside power plants in order to prevent illegal shark-fishing,
much of which he said is taken and sold in markets in the Gaza
According to a 2007 report by the IUCN Center for Mediterranean
Cooperation, 30 of the 71 shark species (42 percent) in the Mediterranean are
threatened, and 18% are critically endangered.
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