Fish, dolphins, and swans return to Venice canals as water runs clear thanks to coronavirus lockdown
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has left the entire world rocked, with Italy becoming one of the worst-hit countries.
Per The Guardian, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy has risen to 31,506, from 27,980, and the death toll also increased by 16% on Tuesday to 2,503 - a third of all global deaths.
As a result, the entire country is currently in lockdown.
But amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, there are some silver linings to be found.
Yesterday, satellite images showed how pollution levels above Italy had dropped significantly amid the nation's coronavirus lockdown, and today we are now seeing the impact in Venice's famed waterways.
As you can see from the image below (captured February 2019), they are usually pretty murky as a result of all the canal boats ferrying tourists around the waterways, which connect to the Adriatic Sea.
Per local newspaper La Nuova, the change has brought "back the lagoon waters of ancient times, those of the post-war period, when it was even still possible to bathe in the waters of the canals."Check out this incredible video of the clear waterways, and the fish that have returned:
The publication added: "Even the streams around Piazza San Marco, usually particularly cloudy, due to the traffic of boats, taxis, as well as gondolas, have regained their clarity. And the lagoon ecosystem [is] showing evident signs of regeneration."
Posting on Twitter, Albert Folaz shared pictures of the waters, along with the caption (translated): "The canals of Venice without boat traffic !! The result? Crystal clear water"
One video of the canal was captured by real estate agent and life-long Venetian Marco Capovilla. Per Caters News Agency, the 40-year-old filmed several schools of tiny fish swimming under the clear water surface in the canals which were previously clouded by debris.
Marco revealed how he "had never seen" such clear waters in the popular tourist destination city, and added that it was a "striking" view to behold.
The Art Newspaper reports how, as well as the fish, swans have been spotted "gliding" down the waterways.
One person has even tweeted photos of "precious" white swans enjoying a sunny day on the water.
Some residents have even spotted dolphins returning to the waters. Twitter-user Gianluca De Santis shared a video of a dolphin swimming around the clear waters. De Santis wrote alongside the video: "Venice hasn't seen clear canal water in a very long time. Dolphins showing up too. Nature just hit the reset button on us".
Many locals have started to upload photos to a Facebook group called Venezia Pulita (Clean Venice). Per CNN, one commenter by the name of Katia Fameli wrote on a post: "What a marvel this Venice was; this virus brought something....beautiful."
As of the most recent situation report from the World Health Organization, there has been 179,112 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world, and 7,426 deaths. These figures are increasing every hour.
It truly is horrible to think that this wonderful news has to come from such tragic circumstances, but in these uncertain times, it is important to enjoy those silver linings.