‘Sea snot’ covers Turkish coast, threatening fishing industry

The mucilage blamed on pollution and warming is killing shellfish in the Sea of Marmara and alarming residents of Istanbul

A thick, brown, bubbly foam dubbed “sea snot” has covered the shores of the Sea of Marmara, alarming residents in Istanbul and threatening marine life.

The naturally occurring mucilage was first documented in Turkey in 2007, when it was also seen in parts of the Aegean near Greece.

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