Photo Credit: courtesy, Eli Tamim, Israel Nature and Parks Authority
Eli Tamim of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority

A 2.5 meter-long (eight feet) female gray shark was killed Wednesday after it was trapped accidentally in a fishing net outside the Achziv nature reserve in Nahariya.

Although nature reserve workers tried to resuscitate the creature, there was little they could do but transfer the remains for an autopsy.

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Subsequent examination revealed the shark had been tagged several weeks earlier in a study to monitor the population around Hadera.

Grey sharks are caught in many fisheries, and have a low reproduction rate; as a result, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed the species as Near Threatened, meaning the species may be threatened with extinction in the near future.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.