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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Now what could the explanation be?

The Mail reports the confusing news that:
'Dozens of Mobula Ray fish were mysteriously washed up on the beach in Gaza City yesterday and carted off to market by Palestinian fishermen.
It was the first time the fish had been seen on the beach for six years, according to a local video report purporting to show fisherman examining the Rays.'

This article caught my eye as I love rays and indeed have swum with them. People do eat rays, so I did a bit of digging and found this on Ma'an News - Ma’an Network is the largest independent TV, radio and online media group in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
'GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Fishermen say the locally rare batfish stingray is making a comeback in the waters off the coast of Gaza. For the first time in five years, fishermen say they are catching the rays by the hundreds. The batfish ray takes a triangular shape with large wings -- some are as large as 80 kilograms. A kilo of the ray sells for 10 shekels ($2.68) in local markets. "People in al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City rush to buy the batfish and consider it healthy, especially for little kids," said Mahfouth al-Kabariti, the head of the Gaza fishermen's union.'

Washed up on the beach?

I expect the BBC to report this story, just as soon as they can find a way to blame the Jews Israel.

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