Dolphins peacefully enjoy the Bosphorus, deserted due to confinement

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Dolphins peacefully enjoy the Bosphorus, deserted due to confinement


In Istanbul, the confinement imposed by the coronavirus pandemic is making people happy: the Bosphorus dolphins. Fewer boats in the strait between Europe and Asia, fewer fishermen and an unusual calm.

The Turkish megalopolis of 16 million inhabitants has been under confinement since Thursday and until midnight Sunday, after two previous weekends when Istanbul was already arrested by order of the government. The epidemic has killed more than 2,700 people in Turkey.

Connecting the Mediterranean to the Black Sea through central Istanbul, the Bosphorus Strait is a narrow waterway (less than 3 km wide) and usually very busy.

But with containment, there is less traffic and more fish, which attracts dolphins closer to the shore, much to the delight of the locals.

Animals “delivered from human presence”

In Sarayburnu, a promontory that separates the Golden Horn from the Sea of ​​Marmara, a band of dolphins was spotted swimming with a flock of seagulls, to the delight of the photographers.

“The decline in maritime and human traffic in the Bosphorus has a significant impact,” said Erol Orkcu, president of the Istanbul Amateur Fishermen’s Association. “Living beings, aquatic and terrestrial, are delivered from human presence. This allows the dolphins to get closer to the shore. ”

Before the pandemic, hundreds of fishermen lined up along the banks of the Bosphorus every day. They are now almost deserted.

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