One of the last clean rivers in Israel

Crocodiles unfortunately no longer inhabit the area, but Taninim River offers refreshing water, a flour mill, and an impressive Roman dam.

By GIL STERN STERN MELAMED
January 30, 2014 12:48
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Taninim River. (photo credit: HADARIA YAHAV)

 
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Our small country is full of nature reserves with strange names and my favorite one is Taninim (lit. crocodile) River. The 25 km-long river empties into the Mediterranean Sea south of Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael and is named for crocodiles that lived in the nearby Kebara swamps until the early 20th cen - tury. In the fourth and fifth centuries BCE, a city called Crocodilopolis was built there and its remains can still be seen today. The last recorded citing of a crocodile in the area was in 1912.

Even without the attraction of live crocodiles, this trail is still worthwhile for all nature-lovers. In contrast with most of the other rivers in the area, such as the Alexander and Hadera, Taninim has somehow not become pol - luted with industrial waste and sewage as other Israeli rivers unfortunate - ly have. Nevertheless, it should be noted that it is absolutely forbidden to swim in the river.

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