Volunteers are guarding a unique seal that was discovered on a beach in central Israel until it decides to return to the sea.
The Mediterranean monk seal is a female and is between 3 and 5 years old, according to the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
She was given the name Julia by a little boy named Muhammad who was at the shore and assisted the volunteers in saving the animal.
Julia has already been on shore for three days. Experts emphasized that there was no hazard to its habitat as a result of its presence.
It was the first time a seal was seen resting on the shore in Israel, according to Guy Levian, head of the Marine Unit at the Nature and Parks Authority.
A seal was spotted riding waves near to a Herzliya beach in 2010, but it stayed offshore.
With only 600 individuals spread across three geographically distinct subpopulations—the western coast of Africa, the Madeira archipelago, and the eastern Mediterranean (Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey)—the Mediterranean monk seal is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world.