Coronavirus calm reveals flourishing Venice Lagoon ecosystem


Coronavirus has emptied Venice of millions of tourists and its waters are no longer stirred by the thousands of boats, usually cross it

“The flora and fauna of the lagoon have not changed during lockdown. What has changed is our chance to see them,” says zoologist Andrea Mangoni, plunging his camera into Venice’s normally murky waters to observe life.

A crab tries to grab the intruding lens, jellyfish propel themselves along near the surface, schools of fish swim peacefully by, crustaceans cling to the city’s famous jetties, and seaweed of every colour wafts gently on the current.
The coronavirus has emptied Venice of millions of tourists since the beginning of March and its waters are no longer stirred by the thousands of boats, taxis, vaporetti, and gondolas that usually cross it.
For Mangoni, this is an opportunity to rediscover the very diverse ecosystem that…



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