As Italy continues to cope with the terrible situation at hand, the measures put in place to lockdown the country have seen the return of wildlife to quarantined spaces of Italy.
From clear waters in the Venetian canals full of fish to dolphin sightings in the port of Cagliari, we’re seeing some pretty fascinating stuff from the animal kingdom.
After a week of lockdown… The canals in Venice are all clear and full of fishes. Kinda gives you the idea what will happen to Earth without Humans! pic.twitter.com/FVc7N8vmty
— TheSpaceAcademy.org✨🔭 (@ThespaceAcad) March 17, 2020
The clear waters are a result of the lockdown, which means lack of gondola traffic stopping sediment being churned up like crazy.
“The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom. “It’s because there is less boat traffic that usually brings sediment to the top of the water’s surface.”
Spokesperson for Luigi Brugnaro, Mayor of Venice
So, whilst there is no romantic zigzagging through the waterways whilst being serenaded by a gentleman in a striped shirt, we are seeing the clearest waters we have seen in a long time.
Moving from small boats to big ones, a suspension in the ferry service on the Sardinian port of Cagliari has led to dolphin sightings like the one captured below.
The playful swimmers have been spotted across Italy as we start to see the effects of a reduced human footprint on the world.
Finally, it seems the ugly ducklings have all hatched at once as endless photos of swans are popping up, although this isn’t so out of the ordinary.
Here’s an unexpected side effect of the pandemic – the water’s flowing through the canals of Venice is clear for the first time in forever. The fish are visible, the swans returned. pic.twitter.com/2egMGhJs7f
— Kaveri 🇮🇳 (@ikaveri) March 16, 2020
As more countries go into lockdown, maybe we’ll continue to see the animal kingdom creeping back into places we haven’t seen them in a while. Having said that, the last few days my local supermarket has been a bit of a jungle so not surprising we’re seeing animals move in.
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