Ever-resilient Italians in Venice are looking to the city's canals, which have turned crystal clear since boat traffic was halted due to the coronavirus.
Italy is now on lockdown as residents try to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 35,000 people in the country and caused more than 2,500 deaths. Since the lockdown of Venice without the pollution from boats the water has been begun to clear up and a dolphin has been spotted in the canal for the first time in almost 60 years!
The post drew several comments from netizens with many pointing out that it was not just the swans but also the dolphins that are back. The tweet shared Tuesday has already garnered over 900,000 likes so far.
However, while it may look nicer, the city's mayor's office told CNN that the improved water visibility does not mean the water quality improved.
However, the transparent water isn't so much a sign of better water quality as it is the result of the lack of boat traffic, which typically kicks sediment to the surface, Pierpaolo Campostrini, the managing director for the Consortium for Managing Scientific Research on Venice Lagoon System, told ABC News via email. With fewer water taxis and boats ferrying the city's tourists and residents along the canals, the air has become cleaner, the spokesperson said.
Despite human devastation, studies have already shown that the coronavirus has had a positive impact on the environment across the globe. Along with the cleansing of Venice's canals, the air over Italy has similarly purified due to slowing emissions from power plants, cars and other industrial sources, according to new data from the European Space Agency's (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-5p satellite.