The famous diving locations in the world have practically been deserted during the lockdown. Backpacker
Ian Melvin from the UK who found himself stranded on the Galapagos Islands when the coronavirus lockdown came into force declared “No one will get the opportunity to experience the Galapagos so quiet. ‘The swimming here’s
amazing, the sea lions come right up to your face. Marine iguanas swim next to you and penguins peck your feet' (see inset). In the Mediterranean, National park rangers have observed greater biodiversity as
manifested in an increase of groups of dolphins, floating groups of puffins, gannets, tuna hunting and gray heron passing by.
The lockdown down also had positive effects on wildlife in National Parcs in Africa and the US. What about the creatures that
live under the waterline? In Cape Town South Africa the lifting of shark nets paired with drumlines for the duration of the lockdown allow the sharks to move a little
more freely. The bad news is that the long line fishing of hundreds of sharks a
day is being allowed off Cape shores during the lockdown, even though the industry provides relatively few jobs, harms marine biodiversity and offers no food security. White shark expert and naturalist Chris Fallows says: “It is a disgrace that a fishery
which is, according to scientific evidence, unsustainably killing already collapsed shark stocks, is allowed to continue. When this is done under the banner of an essential service it becomes a tragedy."
Underwater creatures that enjoyed many visitors
may become restless and even distressed by their absence. Like, for example, in the Sealife aquarium In Blackpool where the staff
is keeping their stingrays, sharks, and fish calm during the coronavirus lockdown by playing music and singing to them. Perhaps the same might happen at the famous shark baiting sites in the Bahamas. Emma, Patches, or other top sharkish predators missing their
regular bait providers and visitors. It looks like that in the Bahamas that sofar has suffered little under the spread of the virus, health officials are hoping to return to normal
life, including the more distant islands visited by shark tourists. Finally, the most significant spin-off of the lockdown seems that the number of unprovoked shark
attacks at some notorious beaches in the USA has sunk to dramatic lows, likely a side effect of closed beaches and widespread quarantines