TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The remains of dead horses and camels washed up on Israeli beaches in Acre, Herzliya and Tel Aviv.
Israeli officials have yet to offer an explanation for the dead animals, which first surfaced on Herzliya's Boats Beach, Haaretz reported Tuesday. Passersby confused the horse cadaver for a dead human and called emergency services.
"We went down to the beach with a resuscitation cart and everything, only to find a bloated, headless dead horse," Ofer Raff from the Magen David Adom emergency services said. "We were just getting ready to leave when we heard the report that another carcass had been found in a location north of us."
Three dead camels and one horse have washed up on the beaches and Haaretz said more might be on the way.
Rami Tzadok, an oceanographer from Tel Aviv University, said the animals were likely being shipped to or from Libya or Egypt when they were thrown overboard.