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A slimy “sea snot” is clogging up water off the shore of Turkey.
Photos show a thick layer of slime, known as marine mucilage, covering the Sea of Marmara south of Istanbul. The slime is a discharge of protein, carbohydrates, and fat from phytoplankton, a microscopic algae.
For months that substance has been filling fish nets, threatening marine life, and suffocating coral.
Scientists suspect that climate change is fueling the sea-snot crisis, and runoff from nitrogen- and phosphorous-rich fertilizer could also be playing a part.
Environment Minister Murat Kurum told Reuters on Sunday that officials plan to designate the Sea of Marmara a protected area in an attempt to reduce pollution, and he called on local residents to help in the country’s maritime clean-up efforts.
“We will take all the necessary steps within three years and realize the projects that will save not only the present but also the future together,” he told Reuters.