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Jellyfish Spotted Swimming Down Venice Canal

Claire Reid

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Jellyfish Spotted Swimming Down Venice Canal

A jellyfish has been spotted swimming through the Venice canals.


Biologist Andrea Mangoni, who works in Venice, was able to capture a clip of the jellyfish as it made its way through the water, which is now crystal clear due to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

Speaking to Reuters, Mangoni said the low tide combined with low traffic made it possible to see the animals return to the canals.

He added: "I was able to film a jellyfish that was swimming close to the San Marco square, only [a] few inches below the water surface."

Sharing his clip on Instagram, Mangoni wrote: "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."

Credit: Andrea Mangoni
Credit: Andrea Mangoni

This isn't the first time Venetians have shared images of their newly cleared canals - last month snaps appeared on social media showing fish swimming through.

As there's no boats on the canals, the sediment has sunk to the bottom, giving people a clearer view of the wildlife.

Real estate agent and life-long Venetian Marco Capovilla, 40, was able to film several schools of fish saw and shared them on Twitter.

Posting the photos, he wrote: "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."

While local resident local resident Martina Bettoni, 33, added: "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."

Meanwhile, in the UK we've had sheep rocking up to McDonald's and goats taking over our playgrounds.

A closed McDonald's restaurant in Ebbw Vale, Wales, was visited by a whole flock of sheep this week by a whole flock of sheep this week - clearly hoping to get their hooves on some baaaa-bacue sauce (sorry).

Andrew Thomas, who snapped the sheep, said: "I was shopping for my mother and elderly neighbour at Aldi, next door, when I saw the sheep.

"Thought I'd share, as everyone on social media has been saying how they are craving a McDonald's. So I made a joke of it and it seems to have gone viral."

Featured Image Credit: Andrea Mangoni

Topics: World News, Coronavirus, Animals

Claire Reid
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