Palestinian fisherman are celebrating after hundreds of bloodied stingrays washed up on a beach in the Gaza Strip.
Around 220 mobula rays were discovered at the Gaza City beach yesterday, the Times of Israel reports.
The sea creatures were promptly gutted and carted off to market where a fisherman said they could fetch up to $1.50 per kilo.
The rays, which can reportedly grow to a width of over 5m, have not visited the waters off the disputed territory for six years, according to a local fisherman.
It is unclear how the enormous fish ended up on the beach but media outlets across the world have asked the question.
Bob Rubin, an expert on stingrays from Santa Rosa Junior College in California, told the Daily Mail the rays’ fins could have been bloody because they slapped into something such as "boats, rocks, sand, each other".
"Large underwater noises or electrical signals may have caused some state of disorientation but that is only a guess on my part," Mr Rubin said.
A Gaza fisherman said God had provided the rays and he hoped to find more at the beach the next day.
Source: Times of Israel
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Fiona Willan