The canals in Venice are so still, you can see fish and swans have returned

Kelly Corbett
Photo credit: Twitter

From Red Online

As cities shut down amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, it can be tough to see any bright side. So when Twitter user @ikaveri posted a few pictures of some positive news from the streets of Venice, the tweet went viral, accumulating over 100K retweets and counting.

What's so special about the Floating City right now? The typically-murky water in the streets is flowing so clearly that fish can actually be spotted swimming, and even the swans have returned—'an unexpected side effect of the pandemic,' @ikaveri writes.

Truthfully, this is the good news we needed to hear. The reality is that, liberated from the impact of human beings, Venice's waterways would always look that clear. There have even been reports that the coronavirus outbreak has actually decreased air pollution.

Now, before you jump to the conclusion that Venice has fully recuperated from decades of pollution in just a few short days of quarantine, consider another Twitter user's explanation for why the waters are so clear. 'The canals aren't cleaner,' user @tyanu_khah writes. 'It's just that since boats are not moving all the dirt around, it fell down to the bottom of the canals. Similar to any river after a thunderstorm, it will look cloudy because all the dirt at the bottom is moved around.'

Whether the clear canals have to do with a decrease in pollution or the result of less physical movement in the waterways, the photo serves as a wake-up call about how our actions and activities affect the environment. While COVID-19 might be keeping us confined to our homes, remember that because of that, the environment is finally getting a break from humans. A little silver lining.

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