Like many people, my life changed night and day from January 2020, when we got the first cases of COVID here. It became real to me when a family member passed away. Well, last week, someone I considered my friend blocked me because they got offended when I told them to please wear their mark properly since they told me they were sick. So, I needed to see the silver lining here when I remembered I had saved this article about whales that I think will help all of us cheer up.
Christine Gabriele, a researcher, was at her desk working at Glacier Bay National Park when she turned the volume of her computer—being that her PC is connected to a five-mile underwater cable that goes into the ice-cold waters of the bay. She was amazed when she heard gurgling and bubbling water sounds filling her office. Plus, on occasions, she also heard the hollow roar of a male harbour seal seeking to impress potential mates.
Due to the pandemic, the tourism at the bay looking for sea life, like the majestic humpback whales, came close to a stop. So, there wasn’t the disturbing noise of boats and cruise liners. The marine traffic from 2019 to 2020 decreased by about 40%, and it gave researchers a chance to have a closer look and those fascinating creatures some peace.
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time that we, the humans, step back and respect environmental habits a bit more. While also keeping in mind that the use of single-use plastic increased due to the current situation. We all know if we don’t care for our earth, it won’t last forever.