You may have seen images of dolphins swimming in the Grand Canal last year, but those were added in post production. This week, two dolphins were actually spotted in Venice, Italy, first starting out in the Grand Canal before swimming over to Giudecca island, where they toured two churches by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, before returning home to the Adriatic Sea. This visit was made possible due to the lack of tourists and the many cruise ships that normally arrive. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The dolphins, believed to be an adult and a juvenile striped dolphin, were seen swimming along the channel on Monday morning, according to CERT, an emergency response team operating out of around the Mediterranean Sea that rescues stranded marine mammals. They apparently became disoriented after swimming between passing boats on the canal.
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It was important to remove the two animals in obvious difficulty from the intense traffic area and this took more than two hours. After an hour of further monitoring, the animals have no longer been spotted and hopefully, given the wide horizon towards the open sea, they’ll be able to return to sea again,” said the emergency response team.