A short account of Nahal Taninim given by your Israel & Jerusalem private tour guide
” “Some of the Arabs we sent to Wadi Zarka to look for a crocodile managed to hunt one that was over 11 ft. long. They brought it to us to Nazareth and its head is still with me……” (Henry Baker Tristram, 1863).
Once upon a time the king of Caesarea had two sons. The elder was a leper who used to go every day for a dip in the river hoping to be cured. After their father died, the younger, who wished to be the king, brought crocodiles to the river and this is how he got rid of his brother and became the king, and this is why until today there are crocodiles there…. (a local legend)
Wadi Zarka, Nahal Taninim?
Wadi Zarka means Blue River in Arabic, and Nahal Taninim means Crocodile River in Hebrew. Thus, one small river has two names. Here at Nahal Taninim, we find the remains of a small Hellenic city named Crocodilopolis, no less! Today it is a small nature reserve, with a very interesting archaeological site.