Amid the limitations of COVID-19, when people are inside their homes in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, nature seems to have reclaimed areas that were not previously crossed due to the presence of humans, cars and ships. One example of this phenomenon is observed in Italy, where marine life thrives off the Mediterranean coast during locking.
Revitalized marine life
According to the report, strict locking regulations in Italy that prevent people from leaving their homes allow scientists and researchers to study the impact of human activities on the surrounding marine life.
The Italian Coast Guard uses the opportunity to take water samples in offshore areas. According to reports, rare recordings using unmanned crafts and divers have confirmed sightings of marine animal species that have never been seen in the Mediterranean Sea.
As per the report, preliminary results indicate that water has become significantly cleaner and more transparent. There has been a reduction in the number of suspended particles as well.
In addition, a group of sperm whales were seen in the blue waters of the Sicilian sea, near the port of Milazzo without container ships filling the port. Even dolphin sightings have been reported in the area.
However, with locking restrictions easing and the country moving towards reopening business, looming threats to marine life are renewed. In addition, face masks and hand sanitizer bottles that were considered as saviors during the peak of the pandemic now found their way to the sea and polluted their waters even more than before.
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