ANIMAL CURIOSITIES

A monk seal puts on a show on the beach: bathers in celebration

Celebration among bathers all along the Israeli coast, where a very tender monk seal has been making the rounds of all the country's beaches for weeks now, indulging in a few hours of leisure and rest in the sun.

The media immediately dubbed her Julia, and bathers now regard her as one of a kind. She first appeared in Jaffa, a seaside resort now part of the Tel Aviv conurbation. After a few days of absence, she turned up again on the beaches of Gaza.

The Gaza fishermen's association - Israeli television Channel 13 reports - immediately appealed to the population not to harass it in any way, as it is a very rare species in this area.

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Bathers in celebration in Israel: a monk seal visits the country's beaches
Celebration among bathers all over the Israeli coastline, where a very tender monk seal has been making the rounds of all the country's beaches for weeks now, indulging in a few hours of leisure and rest in the sun.
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Bathers in celebration in Israel: a monk seal visits the country's beaches
The media immediately dubbed her Julia, and bathers now regard her as one of a kind. She first appeared in Jaffa, a seaside resort now part of the Tel Aviv agglomeration. After a few days of absence, she turned up again on the beaches of Gaza.
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Bathers in celebration in Israel: a monk seal visits the country's beaches
The Gaza fishermen's association - Israeli television Channel 13 reports - immediately appealed to the population not to harass it in any way, as it is a very rare species in this area.
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Bathers in celebration in Israel: a monk seal visits the country's beaches
Of course, it was not left there forever. The Gaza fishermen admired it and let it sleep in the sun, but after a few hours they threw it back into the sea.
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Bathers in celebration in Israel: a monk seal visits the country's beaches
On first sighting, on the beaches of Jaffa in Tel Aviv, he had spent two whole days on the sand, yawning and enjoying the summer sun. His appearance had immediately attracted a crowd of onlookers, as well as several TV crews.
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Bathers in celebration in Israel: a monk seal visits the country's beaches
Her presence has also been noticed in many other locations along the Israeli coastline, between north and south Tel Aviv. Wherever she has appeared, she has always caused joy among bathers.
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Bathers in celebration in Israel: a monk seal visits the country's beaches
"Giulia came to us exhausted, but in the meantime she seems to have gradually regained her strength," said one of her rescuers.
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