Biologist snaps photo of jellyfish swimming through the crystal clear Venice canals

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. Many bad things seem to get the main attention of the news media. Everywhere we go we get the opportunity to see good things, whether we realize them or not.

Many have to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, but some of us get to check out nature and our world while mostly untouched by other humans.

A biologist recently discovered a pretty majestic sight in Venice. Andrea Mangoni spotted a single jellyfish swimming through the canal. The watery roads of Venice are mostly cleared up because of the lockdown.

Andrea Mangoni spotted a sleek jellyfish careening through the waterways in Venice

There already was a viral story about the returning Venetian fish population, but now, with biologist Mangoni’s most recent discovery, a barrel jellyfish was found moving through the canal. The biologist cited the low tides as the reason for the animals’ return.

Mangoni suggested that the combination of low-tides and lack of human interference were the main reasons that animals were back in the canals

“Sometimes you just have to change your point of view to admire a ghost moving through the Venetian palaces. Thanks to the exceptional calm of the canals of Venice due to the absence of boats, this [barrel] jellyfish (rhizostoma pulmo) swam in the transparent waters near the Baretteri Bridge and seemed to slip through the reflection of the buildings,” penned Mangoni on his Instagram account alongside the video he shared.

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There have been more changes noticed by the people of Venice

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“I was able to film a jellyfish that was swimming close to the San Marco square, only [a] few inches below the water surface,” he said. Clear water in the canals is just another result of the coronavirus lockdown.

It’s been almost a month of crystal clear waters

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Many people say that the only reason wildlife is coming back is because of a lack of human movement. But the governor’s office begs to differ. “The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom,” a spokesman reported to CNN news. “It’s because there is less boat traffic that usually brings sediment to the top of the water’s surface.”

The mud isn’t being stirred up, so the wildlife that has always been there is now clearly visible!

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Whichever reason it is, people are getting more and more excited over the wildlife. It’s a special bright spot during tough times. “Seeing so many fish in the canals was extremely rare before the quarantine. I hope we’ll learn from this tragic time and that when this is over, Venice will be able to strike a balance between tourist crowds and cleanliness,” commented Venetian resident Martina Bettoni.

“Thanks to the quarantine, we are experiencing a cleaner environment,” said real estate agent Marco Capovilla who is a lifelong resident of the city

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