Dead whale washes up on Israeli shore after storm

The carcass of an almost 17-metre fin whale has washed up on a southern Israeli shore, an AFP photographer said on Friday, in the aftermath of a storm that caused massive tar pollution. Powerful winds and unusually high waves pummelled Israel’s entire Mediterranean coastline over Tuesday and Wednesday, with tonnes of tar staining beaches from Rosh Hanikra, just south of Lebanon, to Ashkelon just north of the besieged Gaza Strip. The rare appearance of the dead whale, of the second-biggest mammal species in the world after the Blue Whale, was initially thought to have been connected to the tar …

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