Tar pollution on coast – dead baby whale washed up on the coast
, Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)
The purge could take years.
By Peter Münch, Tel Aviv
The Israeli authorities speak of one of the worst maritime pollution in decades. Numerous animals have also been killed.
The sea had been very stormy for several days last week. Ten ships were identified that could be possible polluters – oil samples should now provide certainty.
In addition to some turtles and sea birds that were polluted with tar and perished, a dead fin whale was discovered on a beach in southern Israel on Thursday. During an autopsy, a black liquid was discovered in the lungs of the 17-meter-long young animal. “It is not yet clear whether this was the reason for the death and whether this is related to the oil pollution,” said veterinarian Roni King on Sunday. “But it’s very suspicious.”
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The Israeli nature and park authority, which is responsible for the beaches, therefore called on people no longer to clean up the dirt themselves. Helpers should register and only go to work with protective clothing. Soldiers have now also been recruited for the work.
Politics also became active. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inspected the pollution on a beach near Ashdod. President Reuven Rivlin called for a “national plan” to prevent an ecological catastrophe. Environment Minister Gila Gamliel announced government funds for emergency measures. “This process won’t be done in the next few days,” she said. “We are preparing for a long and hard work.”
The nature and park authorities even fear that the cleanup could take years.