Now that millions of us all over the world are quarantined indoors, our planet has been giving some extra time to heal and the results have been absolutely astounding. From pollution levels dropping, all the way to clearer waters, we're glad to see the world being put back to rights.
Keep scrolling see some amazing pictures of the coral reefs surrounding Hawaii...
It's no secret that centuries of human activity has been gradually destroying our planet.
via: GettyOverpopulation, pollution, fossil fuels, and deforestation are just a few of the negative impact we humans have had upon our earth.
Vast areas of the Earth, which were once rich with natural life...
via: GettyAre now looming concrete jungles suffocated by smog and various other toxic, man-made emissions.
But, out of all of these devastating effects, it is our animals who have been impacted the most.
via: GettyOver the years, animal populations have been dwindling, and many species have become fully extinct or endangered as a result of hunting, poaching, and the destruction of natural habitats.
Our oceans haven't been faring much better, either.
via: GettyYears of excessive plastic use have come back to haunt us, with a high percentage our oceans simply teeming with discarded plastic.
But, in 2020, there may finally be some hope for our struggling planet.
via: GettyFor the last month, a vast majority of the world has been on lockdown as a result of the ongoing medical pandemic.
Humans have been required to stay indoors indefinitely.
via: GettyAnd staying indoors isn't only saving lives... It is potentially saving our environment and our animals, too.
The empty streets have had a staggering impact on our planet.
Now we are confined to our homes, our streets are sparse, resulting in a sudden drop in toxic emissions such as Co2 and carbon monoxide.
Pollution levels are at an all time low.
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And, of course, our animals are benefiting massively from this sudden change in human activity.
via: GettyMother Nature is thriving - plants are flourishing, trees are blossoming, and various animals are making appearances in the most unlikely of places.
It is one of the few benefits of this pandemic...For example, dolphins have returned to the canals of Venice, which were once swarming and overcrowded with tourists. It just goes to show the devastating impact we have had upon the wildlife we share our planet with, and the extreme lengths it has taken for our earth to finally start healing.
For the first time in decades, nature has been able to take it's course uninterrupted...
via: GettyAnd this has hugely benefited our marine life in particular.
From the number of turtles to the number of fish in the oceans...
via: GettyThese beautiful creatures have been impacted massively by plastic and waste pollution in the oceans, with many of them being caught up in large pieces of the debris and, in some devastating cases, being suffocated.
But now, these beaches are the quietest they've been in decades.
via: GettyBeaches all over the world remain void of people and pollution, meaning animals like turtles are finally able to nest peacefully - And they're completely thriving as a result.
Plastic pollution has lowered drastically, also.
via: Getty"All of the reduced human presence on the beach also means that there will be less garbage and other plastics entering the marine environment," Godfrey an expert analyst has said. "Ingestion and entanglement in plastic and marine debris also are leading causes of injury..."
And this has meant that marine animals can now return to their clean habitats.
via: Getty ImagesThe most recent news we have concerns the coral reef surrounding the area around the beautiful island of Hawaii.
It has seen a drastic influx of aquatic creatures.
via: Getty ImagesDue to the absence of scuba divers and avid snorkellers disrupting the wildlife, new animals have been spotted swimming around the reefs near Oahu.
Brain Nielson, an expert in the field told Kron4 this:
via: Getty Images"We’re getting a lot of different anecdotal reports of you know, schooling fish and much more present fish in areas like Molokini Crater. Also reports of spinner dolphins in bays in West Hawaii that are just much more prevalent, just seeing different behaviors and activity we haven’t seen in years."
via: Getty Images“The tops of the rocks are all covered in algae," said Jenny Yagodich. And that’s fantastic for the ecosystem. Normally all the feet scrub all that off."
However, it has been difficult to collect some hard evidence on the issue due to researchers being stuck at home...
via: Getty Images"Our best-case scenario is if we are able to get biologists out in the field before the flood gates open again for tourism to come back."
So, it is clear that every cloud has a silver lining.
via: Getty ImagesIt is fantastic to see that, however devastating the medical crisis may have been, there have been some remarkable changes made to our planet. For more on the benefits of the pandemic, keep scrolling to see just how much our animals are thriving in the deserted cities...