A jellyfish was filmed gliding in a Venetian canal after the canals became their clearest in living memory because of the coronavirus lockdown.
Zoologist Andrea Mangoni filmed the creature swimming in ‘exceptionally calm’ waters near the city’s Bareteri Bridge last week.
The barrel jellyfish was visible through the water of the canals, which are usually murky but now clear enough to see schools of fish.
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With boats and gondolas coming to a standstill because of Italy’s nationwide shutdown, the dirty sediment in the canals has been able to settle at the bottom without being churned about – making the surface clearer, it is believed.