The seal Julia at the Cliff Beach in Tel Aviv (Photo: Roy Schwartz and Robert Green)
The monastic seal Julia continues her miraculous journey on the beaches of the center. Today (Sunday), it was observed at the Rock Beach in Bat Yam.
Last Thursday, at around 7:30 A.M., Yulia was spotted in the Sharon area. She was filmed by people at the scene and about an hour later she went ashore, rested for a few minutes and returned to the water.
Two families were on the beach at the time, keeping their distance. Natalia Seltzer took pictures, and thanks to her daughters Rachel and Shani, who follow her story closely, they knew how to pass on the report to the Delphis Association, and even made sure to follow the guidelines.
Julia at the Rock Beach in Bat Yam, May 28, 2023 (Photo: official website, Israel Nature and Parks Authority)
According to Dr. Maya Elser of Delphis, who leads the seal study in Israel, Julia's condition seems to be good. Inspectors from the marine unit of the Nature and Parks Authority scanned the beaches in order to see if Yulia reappeared, in order to protect her.
Ten days ago, Julia appeared on the beaches of Tel Aviv. Following several reports of her identification, Nature and Parks Authority inspectors and Delphis volunteers arrived at the scene and began searching the area in order to identify Yulia's location and condition.
The first report was received at 10:40 a.m., when the seal Yulia was spotted near Tel Aviv's southern cliff beach. According to Sharon Ariely, who saw her, the seal tried to go ashore, but was chased away by bathers. The lifeguard at the scene said: "I saw her. She went deep into the sea, and since then I haven't been able to locate her with binoculars." A day earlier, Yulia had returned to the water in the Jaffa coastal areas and disappeared from the eyes of many curious people.
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Yulia visits the Sharon, May 25, 2023 (Photo: official website, Natalia Selzer)
In an examination conducted by Dr. Maya Elser, director of monk seal research in Israel, with researchers from Turkey, it emerged that Yulia (her name in Turkey "Tugra") has been known since 2007. This individual occasionally loungs on beaches in southern Turkey, and has even been spotted on Lebanese beaches in the past.
The monk seal is one of the rarest mammals in the world and is endangered. Recently, however, the population of the species has begun to recover in our region, probably due to the regional conservation project of the Mediterranean monk seal in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is a partner of the Delphis Foundation, led by the IUCN and funded by the Monk Seal Alliance.
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