There is a new tenant in the shark pool. Variola that were seen floating on the water in the area of the coral reserve were collected by the Reserve staff and transferred for further treatment at the Underwater Observatory Marine Park. Treatment by the Park’s team of divers included puncturing the swim bladder to release air, and immediately transferring it into a dark environment. A few days later, when the variola’s condition seemed to improve, it was transferred to the shark pool.
The sharks are fine!
During December the diving team of the Underwater Observatory Park released dozens of young squid about 6 weeks old, all born in the Underwater Observatory Park, into the open sea.
After the eggs had been laid and hatched, the baby squid remained in the area of the nest and studied the environment. After a month and a half they left the nest and sought new territory for themselves, and learned how to fend for themselves. The Park, therefore, decided it was time to release the squid into the open sea so they could help revitalize the squid population in the Gulf.
A severely wounded Moray eel, which was in danger of dying, was observed during a routine dive.
The Moray eel was gathered up by a team of divers from the Underwater Observatory Marine Park in Eilat and quickly taken to the Park for treatment.
Our dedicated team of divers devotedly treated the Moray eel and after two days of recovery – to everyone’s surprise – it began to eat, despite the fact that its eyes had been injured and its vision impaired. The Moray eel managed to eat using only its sense of smell .
It had also suffered a torn jaw; the tear having apparently been caused by a fish hook .
After intensive treatment the Moray eel’s vision was restored to both eyes and it is able to eat quite normally. However, its ability to swim is still off-balance .
The diving team will continue to treat the Moray eel until it is fully recovered, so that in the near future, after rehabilitation ( we hope ) it will be able to return to its natural home in the Gulf of Eilat.
A special clean-up operation was conducted in the Gulf of Eilat in which about 1,500 square meters of fishing nets, fishing equipment, buoys and other things were cleared away.
Naturally, the team of divers from the Underwater Observatory took part in this very welcome operation. During the operation, fish that had been caught up in the nets were rescued; some of these are protected species. Most of the waste was removed from the water. Now, all that remains to be done is to continue keeping the waters in the Gulf clean.