Fascinated by the heat of the water, dozens of sharks swim along the baths near a power plant in northern Israel on Tuesday, a phenomenon that has become an annual one, officials warn against.
“Observed gray sharks and dirty sharks can measure up to three meters and each year release water used in the plant’s cooling circuits near the Mediterranean town of Hadera.
“The Israeli Parks and Nature Authority has advised divers, enthusiasts and professionals alike not to contact sharks.
“The Bathers however are a few centimeters away from the sharks to pick them up,” the AFP photographer said.
“Interaction with sharks is unpredictable and uncontrollable. Their behavior has changed in recent days, ”the Israeli authority warned, adding that it was illegal to harm, feed or harass them.
“Gray sharks and dirty sharks are classified as” endangered “and” endangered “by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), respectively.
“According to Aviad Shinin, an expert at the University of Haifa in Israel, female dirty sharks usually arrive in the area in November and depart in May, probably” due to reproductive cycles “.
Research is underway to identify the possible causes of their existence.