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Amid Lockdown, Optimistic Photos Show Dolphins and Swans Return to Venice

hyperallergic.com • March 19, 2020

Italy is under lockdown while COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the country and claim more lives. According to reports today, March 18, about 475 people in Italy died from the virus in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to a record number of nearly 3,000.

Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has hardly recovered from extreme flooding in November of last year before it was inflicted with the coronavirus outbreak. Amid this gruesome cascade of events, optimistic images emerging from the lagoon city show lucid canals and the unprecedented return of swans, fish, and even dolphins to the city’s waters as gondola traffic has been brought to a halt.

— Gianluca De Santis (@b8taFPS) March 17, 2020

Italians are, of course, loving this silver lining. Francesco Delrio, who witnessed a boar loitering in the streets, tweeted, “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. Air pollution dropped. Nature is reclaiming its spaces during quarantine in Italy.”



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