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While we’re socially distancing and staying inside, the world is finally getting a chance to heal itself. Our past ‘normal lives’ were destroying nature, but the new normal in the era of social distancing is letting nature take a break. We’ve seen the canals of Venice clearer than ever, wildlife returning to the abandoned tourist spots, ozone layer healing, and so many other signs of nature’s healing powers -- but some sites just need a little push.

Since business is slow right now, Australian scuba diving company Passions of Paradise is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this family-owned eco-tourism company decided to make use of this off-time and take matters into their own hands by planting coral reefs in the Great Barrier Reef. The Cairns-based company had a crew of four divers and one scientist work together in the Hastings Reef as part of the Coral Nurture Program.

So far, they’ve successfully planted more than 1,000 pieces of coral on Hastings Reef. While the program only began last year, the world’s largest coral reef system has been suffering for long. As the habitat of thousands of species, it’s made up of nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands. If you want to see it for yourself, the era of coronavirus has thankfully brought us a virtual tour of the Great Barrier Reef while we’re quarantining at home.

Source: Matador Network