Negotiations between old foes Lebanon and Israel were launched in October to try to resolve the dispute.
Tube-fed mayonnaise served to expel oil that had been swallowed or inhaled by the snappers, while wipes and cotton buds were used to remove tar from animals' eyes, noses and mouths.
It is now blocking transit in both directions through one of the world's busiest shipping channels for goods, oil, grain and other products linking Asia and Europe.
Strong winds over the Mediterranean have carried dust particles across the country, causing severe and possibly dangerous air pollution.
The large container ship apparently hit ground while traversing the waterway.
Naval tensions have increased dramatically since a series of incidents in 2019.
"I'm not saying anything about what we did or didn't do," Gantz said regarding an explosive attack that damaged an Iranian container ship. "We have an obligation to be preemptive on all fronts."
Israeli officials did not comment on Friday when asked if Israel was involved in the incident on Wednesday.
Is it a coincidence that one day a US newspaper reports on alleged Israeli attacks and the next day Iran says that a ship is targeted?
The Environmental Protection Ministry noted that efforts were being made to clean up the affected beaches and that additional updates will come in as the storm weakens.