Dolphins found swimming in Venice canal in ‘exceptionally rare’ sighting

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    Two dolphins have actually been shot swimming in a Venice canal in an ‘exceptionally rare’ sighting.

    The bottlenose dolphins, thought to be a mom and juvenile, were captured on electronic camera searching cuttlefish off the Punta della Dogana, a couple of backyards from St Mark’s Square, on Monday.

    Local authorities and experts were required to form a cordon around the set, investing 3 hours shepherding them back to the ocean blue after they ended up being ‘disoriented’.

    The animals were most likely drawn to the area in the lack of traveler cruise liner and motorboats in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Luca Bizzan, head of Venice’s Natural History Museum, informed The Times: ‘This is very unusual – they were clearly encouraged to venture this far into the city by the calm waters in Venice right now.’

    He included: ‘They were probably drawn to the city by the number of cuttle fish – a lot this year – that enter the lagoon at this time to lay eggs.’

    Sandro Mazzariol, a professional from the University of Padua, stated: ‘It’s the very first time we see a mom and juvenile off St Mark’s Square.’

    The regional coast guard has actually called the sighting ‘exceptional’ – however released a declaration cautioning homeowners not to disrupt the dolphins if they return, The Telegraph reports.

    Sightings of dolphins in Venice are ‘exceptionally rare’

    A screengrab taken from a video shows dolphins swimming in the Giudecca Canal, not far from St. Mark's Square, in Venice, Italy, March, 22, 2021. Manuel Silvestri/REUTERS TV via REUTERS

    The animals were seen swimming in the Giudecca Canal, not far from St. Mark’s Square (Picture: Reuters)

    It read: ‘In case of more sightings in the lagoon, we would ask everybody to work out the best care, not to disrupt the cetaceans and to report their existence to the coast guard.

    ‘The dolphins did not appear to be in difficulty and after a few minutes left the area, reappearing a little later just inside the Grand Canal.’

    Dolphins were stated to have actually been found in the Italian city’s canals throughout the very first Covid lockdown, precisely a year ago today.

    But this was exposed to be phony news, with pictures of Venice cut with video footage of dolphins off the coast of Sardini.

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