Amazing Footage Shows Dolphins Swimming In Instanbul Dock
Now, dolphins have been filmed swimming and playing by a dock in Turkey - which previously hadn't seen the dolphins for a long time.
Fatih Zafer, 37, managed to capture the rare moment on camera as four dolphins swam inches away from the dock the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul.
Previously, the dolphins hadn't been seen in Istanbul's Bosporus strait as they'd be scared off by boat traffic.
However, since COVID 19 lockdown restrictions were put in place, the creatures appear to have returned to the strip of water.
"Normally the Bosporus is crowded with ship traffic, and that's why you can't see dolphins in this area," he said.
"It wasn't just me, no one could see dolphins in Istanbul, but during this time they came.
"It seems like nature can only be free when we are in quarantine."
It comes just a week after a photographer in Venice spotted jellyfish in the city's canals.
With the city empty of traffic pollution and tourists, zoologist and photographer Andrea Mangoni, 45, from Venice, decided to turn his lens to the city's underwater inhabitants.
Filming from both out of the water and underwater, Andrea was able to spy jellyfish, sea sponges, little fish and even scuttling crabs, all thriving in the now crystal-clear waters of the city.
"Since the start of quarantine there have been a lot less boats and ferries creating traffic and the water in the canals has begun to clear up," he said.
"The result is that the canals have become more transparent and you can see through them, both from outside and from underwater."
If there's one silver lining to come out of lockdown, it seems out wildlife is flourishing!
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