Aaaaah, the sea is so beautiful! For the Hebrew version of “The Gummy Bear Song”– and Around the World with Gummibär- I’m in Israel this week! This sea in particular is the Sea of Galilee!
The Sea of Galilee is Israel’s largest freshwater lake! The sea is about 13 miles long and 7 miles wide, but only 150 feet deep, and it lies 650 feet below sea level. The Sea of Galilee is currently surrounded by Israel from about the 3 o’clock position to the 12 o’clock position, and by the Golan Heights from 12 to 3. It’s a primary source of drinking water for the citizens of Israel as well as a popular area for recreation and tourism. It is connected to the Jordan River, which then drains to the south and flows to the Dead Sea (also known as the Salt Sea). Lately, a lack of rain has threatened the water level in the Sea of Galilee and induced the proliferation of desalination units. It’s also a significant site in the New Testament. Read more about the Sea of Galilee here!