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Fish Return To Venice’s Canals As Water Becomes Cleaner During Coronavirus Lockdown

Staying positive these days is really important. It helps us keep our sanity and survive the crisis. The world struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, and over 25,000 people have died so far. The only ray of light is the fact that this virus has helped nature heal itself.

The lockdown has forced everyone to stay inside. This gave nature an opportunity to regain its power and heal its wounds. The lockdown was necessary at this point as it will help medical experts prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Let’s give nature a chance to breathe. Air pollution has dropped significantly. People in China can see the blue sky for the first time in their life.

Italians in Venice saw fish in water canals for the first time. Water canals were murky a couple of weeks ago. But, Italians are staying home now, and the traffic has reduced significantly.

A lot of videos and images show that fish swim freely in the canals across Venice. People in Venice don’t swim in the water because it’s too dirty from the boat traffic. Commercial ships make everything even worse.

Venetian real estate agent Marco Capovilla took a video of the clean water. It was an impressive sight, and he has never seen anything like before.

“During these days, traffic in Venice has become almost absent. the city doesn’t have sewers, so normally everything goes into the canals, including detergents and cosmetics. Thanks to the quarantine, we are experiencing a cleaner environment.”

Martina Bettoni, a local, explained that fish don’t really come to this area. She really hopes that “when this is over, Venice will be able to strike a balance between tourist crowds and cleanliness.

The Mayor of Venice shared his take on the situation. It was a brilliant change for everyone, and hopefully, people will learn how to appreciate nature even more.

“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.”

Twitter exploded with positive comments. Some of the users have shared photos of swans swimming around Burano, an island in the Venetian Lagoon.

“Boars in the middle of my hometown, dolphins in the port of Cagliari, ducks in the fountains in Rome, Venice canals have now clean water full of fishes,” a Twitter user wrote. “Air pollution dropped. Nature is reclaiming its spaces during quarantine in Italy.”