The neon-green water that mysteriously flowed in Venice’s Grand Canal over the weekend was attributable to fluorescein ― a chemical used to detect underwater structural leaks, CNN reported Tuesday.
But the perpetrator behind the dye stays a thriller. The Regional Agency for the Environment in Venice stated the coloring was possible intentional as a result of the quantity was too massive to be an unintended spill, in response to the information community.
Officials are pursuing a number of leads, together with the potential of environmental activism, Venice police advised CNN.
The phosphorescent inexperienced was observed spreading Sunday close to the arched Rialto Bridge, in accordance to The Associated Press. Luca Zaia, the governor of the Veneto area, impressed curiosity by posting a photograph of the water after it was reported by residents, the wire service wrote.
NPR noted that the contamination coincided suspiciously with an annual rowing race that “aims to celebrate the Venetian lagoon environment as well as to protest wave motion from excessive motorboat traffic that riles the city.”
The canal has been tinted prior to now to make a press release.
In 1968, eco-artist Nicolas Garcia Uriburu used fluorescein to show the Grand Canal inexperienced to “promote environmental awareness,” NPR wrote.