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Posts Tagged ‘Parks Authority’

Turtle Goes Home with Wild Rumba

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Here are a bunch of Israelis watching as Meirav, a loggerhead sea turtle weighing 40 kg (just under 90 lbs) is being released back into the Mediterranean Sea on a beach near the coastal city of Ashkelon last Thursday.

The Israel Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and the national Parks Authority have been protecting sea turtles and preserving their natural environment since the 1980s.

Check them out, great videos.

Dina Weinsteen, an inspector for the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, relates: “In the past four years that I have been an inspector for the Sea Turtle Rescue program, performing morning tours, locating nests and monitoring nestlings as they enter the sea for the first time, and also working as the spokesperson for the Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for the past six years, I still dance a wild rumba (without leaving footprints near the nest) when I find a new nest and get very emotional when the sea turtle nestlings are finally riding the waves.”

I like it when a person so obviously loves her work.

I think careful rumbas, so you won’t disturb the subject of your exuberance, are the best.

Good on you, Dina Weisteen.

$100,000 in Gold Found in Israel Crusader Fortress

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

One of the largest-ever gold caches located in Israel was discovered by Tel Aviv University and the Nature and Parks Authority in a dig in the Apollonia National Park near Herzliya.

400 grams of gold – 108 gold coins minted around the year 1,000 in Egypt and valued at over $100,000 – was found last week in  by a TAU student in a potsherd under the tiles of one room of a Crusader fortress conquered by the Mamluks.

The find is part of a three-year excavation in which hundreds of arrow heads and catapult stones have been found, evidence of the mighty battle between the Crusaders and the Mamluks.

Rare glass utensils and Italian shards have also been found.

The coastal fortress and adjacent city were part of the Knights Hospitaller’s most important strongholds.  In 1265, Mamluk Sultan Baybars attacked the city and captured it in a 40 day siege.

Researchers believe the gold was hidden by a Crusader leader, in hopes that the fortress would be ultimately be retaken from the Muslim invaders and the treasure restored to its Christian owners.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/100000-in-gold-found-in-israel-crusader-fortress/2012/07/08/

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