Jellyfish Captured Swimming In Crystal Clear Venice Canals

The lack of boats clogging the famous Venetian canals in Italy has made it possible for the city’s marine life to flourish, with one local zoologist capturing a barrel jellyfish gliding gracefully through the now crystal-clear waters.

Andrea Mangoni, a zoologist and photographer according to his Instagram account, shared a clip of the jellyfish just inches below the surface as it floated through the now vacant canals, the city’s historic buildings reflected in the water.

Since Italy has remained under stringent lockdown restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Venice’s renowned waterways have become uncharacteristically quiet. The city’s typically congested boat traffic has lessened, the reduced emissions and pollution resulting in noticeably clearer waters.

In an interview with Reuters, Magoni said the low tide and reduced traffic due to the country’s ongoing travel restrictions have made it possible to observe marine life within the center of the city.

Magoni shared the clip on April 13, a rough translation of his caption reading: “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 jellyfish (rhizostoma pulmo) swam in the transparent waters near the Baretteri Bridge, and seemed to slip through the reflection of the building.” The bridge, Ponte dei Baretteri, is located near the city’s St Mark’s Square.

Earlier in March, Mangoni also captured footage of another barrel jellyfish floating in the waters of Piran, Slovenia.


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Mentre passeggiavamo lungo il porto di Piran, in Slovenia, abbiamo visto nuotare pochi centimetri sotto la superficie dell’acqua questo stupendo polmone di mare (Rhizostoma pulmo) una scifomedusa piuttosto comune ma di grande bellezza e interesse per le sue forme (un incrocio tra un cavolfiore e un lampadario in vetro di Murano 😉) e le sue dimensioni notevoli. Queste meduse infatti possono raggiungere i 60 cm di diametro e i 10 kg di peso, anche se recentemente in Cornovaglia ne è stato avvistato un esemplare grande quanto un uomo! Nonostante la grandezza, questa specie di Medusa è poco pericolosa per la nostra salute e solo persone particolarmente sensibili possono avere persistenti irritazioni dopo essere entrati in contatto coi suoi tentacoli.

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The clear and boat-free canal water, due to the country’s lockdown, has brought out more than jellyfish too — fish are visible again and swans have been able to chill out.

However, the clearer water doesn’t necessarily mean it’s much cleaner. A Venice official says less action on the canals simply allows gross stuff to stay at the bottom, adding … “It’s because there is less boat traffic that usually brings sediment to the top of the water’s surface.”

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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,” said among others the biologist. The waterways in Venice have been crystal clear for quite a while now due to the coronavirus lockdown that’s still ongoing in Italy.

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While people are claiming that reduced water traffic has allowed wildlife to “come back” to the Venice canals, the mayor’s office insists it was always there. “The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom,” a spokesman told CNN news. “It’s because there is less boat traffic that usually brings sediment to the top of the water’s surface.”

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Regardless of the reason, both Venetians and people of the Internet are pleased about the change the city is experiencing. Usually overwhelmed by tourists, Venice is now allowed to take a deep, peaceful breath. “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,” said local resident Martina Bettoni.

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Heart Soothing Stories That Will Make You Think Someone Has Cut Onions

We often have the chance to meet good-hearted people or we encounter the sweetest moments with someone or someone who does a very good deed to us. Or just the cases of humans being just humans might inspire and elevate our spirits. Thus is this collection Today we have chosen for you all some of the most emotional cases of people who run into the sweetest situations from others or they did it themselves.

Bellow, you have all that you need to soothe your heart. I advise every one of you to grab a tissue because someone is going to cut some onions right at night. Yes us Earthwonders we are cutting onions today!

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1. For those with golden heart


My parents split when I was in first grade. My mom met my step-dad, mark when I was in second grade. We moved in with him by the time I was in 3rd we moved into his house. He treated my siblings and me as his own since day 1. He even would watch Gilmore Girls with me and my sister every afternoon. After my mom died when I was 16, Mark didn’t make us go live with our biological dad. He continued raising us as his own. He started out as my mom’s boyfriend and became my dad, my best friend, my go-to for advice.

Mark ended up working 3 jobs while having heart failure, asthma, and diabetes. He did everything he could to provide for my sister and me. He passed away 6 days before I graduated college in 2016. It’s been a few years but I still have trouble on Father’s Day. He could have ditched us when our mom died and we didn’t have enough income. But he didn’t. He was there fighting to put food on the table. Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers who fight for their children.

2. In the name of his angel brother.


3. This Little Fella After Winning First Place In A Bike Tournament


4. Important Memories On Google Maps


5. I Am Finally Cancer Free! Really Excited To Live Life To The Fullest And Have Fun Again


6. He Has Cerebral Palsy, Mitochondrial Disease, And Was In Special Education Until The 7th Grade. He Just Graduated With His Aa And Highest Honors. Pride Is An Understatement


He just received a full-ride scholarship to the school of his dreams. My son is going to rock the world as a lawyer!


7. At The Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market A Few Years Back


8. My Favorite Graduation Photo. This Woman At My Campus’ Subway Kept Me Fed For 4 Years, And When I Was Low On Money, She Came Through For Me


9. Balloon Seller’s Kind Gesture


10. This Is The Day Our Daughter Was Declared In Remission From Stage 2 Liver Cancer


11. A Year Ago I Was Depressed And Suicidal. Today Things Have Gotten Better


12. When My Grandad Passed Away My Grandmother (She Is 85) Started Learning Painting To Distract Herself. After A Year She Gave Me This Painting


13. Best Neighbours


14. Jimmy Carter an ex USA president

15. My Best Bud And I Cleaned Up A Ton Of Trash Today On Our Day Off


16. I Just Found Out That My Neighbors Tell Their Dog I’m Outside When They Want Him To Hurry Up And Get Out The Door. This Is Him Waiting For A Treat From Me


17. Had The European Championship For Wheelchair Basketball. Took The Bronze Medal, And A Ticket To The World Championships In Japan Next Year


Keep working hard lads, you’ll reach good places.

18. Don’t really have anyone to celebrate with, so I thought I’d share with you guys. I’m one year sober!


19. Random Girl At Farmer’s Market Seduces My Partner In Front Of My Very Eyes


20. In France, Peyo, A Beautiful 15-Year-Old Stallion, Often Comes To Comfort And Soothe Terminally Ill Patients At The Techer Hospital In Calais


The horse always chooses which patient he wants to see, kicking his hoof outside the door.

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