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Israel: Rescue Centre saves turtles following worst oil tanker spill in decades02:47

Israel: Rescue Centre saves turtles following worst oil tanker spill in decades

Israel, Mevo'ot Yam and Tel Dor
February 22, 2021 at 17:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

The National Sea Turtle Rescue Centre rescued and treated dozens of turtles covered in tar as seen on Friday, in Mevo'ot Yam, following a suspected oil leak in the Mediterranean sea last week.

According to Dr. Yaniv Levy, a sea turtle ecologist who runs the rescue centre, 14 turtles were affected by the tar; eight of them were found dead and six made it for treatment at the centre.

The disaster has been called one of the worst ecological disasters in decades by local reports, with thousands of volunteers working to remove the tar from the beaches.

The extent of the oil leak can be seen in drone footage filmed off the coast of Tel Dor, on Sunday, with tar seen washed up on the beach. The Environmental Protection Ministry have warned residents against going to the beach due to health reasons.

Authorities are investigating the possible reason behind the oil leak.

Israel: Rescue Centre saves turtles following worst oil tanker spill in decades02:47
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Mandatory credit: Dr. Yaniv Levi, National Sea Turtles Rescue Centre, Israel Nature and Parks Authority and * *Mandatory credit: Tomer Ofri, Israel Nature and Parks Authority

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The National Sea Turtle Rescue Centre rescued and treated dozens of turtles covered in tar as seen on Friday, in Mevo'ot Yam, following a suspected oil leak in the Mediterranean sea last week.

According to Dr. Yaniv Levy, a sea turtle ecologist who runs the rescue centre, 14 turtles were affected by the tar; eight of them were found dead and six made it for treatment at the centre.

The disaster has been called one of the worst ecological disasters in decades by local reports, with thousands of volunteers working to remove the tar from the beaches.

The extent of the oil leak can be seen in drone footage filmed off the coast of Tel Dor, on Sunday, with tar seen washed up on the beach. The Environmental Protection Ministry have warned residents against going to the beach due to health reasons.

Authorities are investigating the possible reason behind the oil leak.