Israeli Beaches Designated as Important Habitat for Dolphins

An Israeli flag flutters above umbrellas on the beach in the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv on August 11, 2015. Decision to dedicate a day of beach parties in the French capital to Israel's most famous beach city sparks condemnation from pro-Palestinian group saying it sends 'very bad message' of …
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The Algemeiner reports: JNS.org – The beaches of Israel have been designated as an important habitat for dolphins by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The IUCN, widely considered the world’s most authoritative international entity in the field of nature protection, is known for its “red lists” of endangered species.

Israel was one of 26 spots in the Mediterranean region named as being of importance to marine mammal life after a yearlong scientific process conducted by the IUCN. The process involved convening a panel of experts that included representatives from every Mediterranean country. Israel was represented by Dr. Aviad Scheinin, director of the Dolphin and Sea Educational Center in Ashdod, which is run by the Israel Marine Mammal Research and Assistance Center nonprofit and the Morris Kahn Marine Research Center at the University of Haifa.

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