Preserving the prehistoric prawns

Among the projects discussed at a meeting of zoo directors from Europe was the effort to save creatures beneath the site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

April 7, 2011 20:24
3 minute read.
The elephant in the room

The elephant in the room 521. (photo credit: Sasson Tiram)


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Deep beneath the Benedictine Church in Tabgha, where Jesus is said to have distributed fish and bread, crawls “a living fossil,” a multilegged crustacean and “a relic from prehistoric times” that zoologists in Israel are struggling to save from extinction, said Dr. Noam Leader in an address to an auditorium filled with European zoo directors last Friday.

“The only entrance to its world is this Octagon Pool,” he said. “This is the only place in the world where this prawn lives.”


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