Up to 80 requiem sharks gather each winter in the warm Mediterranean waters off Israel’s Hadera power station – but now some scuba divers have been accused of trying to “ride” the vulnerable sharks.
Correspondent Daniel Brinckmann reported for DIVER magazine on diving with dusky and sandbar sharks at Hadera in 2018 – his article is on Divernet. For some years the sharks, up to 3m in length, have attracted divers, snorkellers and other water-users to the area between November and May.
But because of the actions of some individuals, the Jerusalem Post reports that the Israel Nature & Parks Authority has instructed divers to avoid the area when the sharks are present, reminding them that harming or harassing the animals is illegal.
While the well-being of the sharks is the prime concern, the authority also warns divers that “an encounter with sharks is unpredictable and uncontrollable”, and also that the area is subject to strong currents.