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Sun Jun 6, 2021, 01:53 PM

Turkey's president vows to 'save' the country from the largest outbreak of 'sea snot' on record

Turkey's President Erdogan has promised to save the country's seas from "sea snot," a slimy layer of gray or green sludge that could endanger marine life and the fishing industry.

The substance, which is known as marine mucilage or "sea snot," forms when algae are overloaded with nutrients due to climate change and water pollution.

It was first discovered in 2007, and later in the Aegean Sea near Greece. The latest outbreak, found in the Sea of Marmara near Istanbul, is thought to be the largest in history, BBC News and Sky News report.


Erdogan blamed untreated sewage being dumped in the sea and rising temperatures. He added that "the trouble will be enormous" if the substance expands to the Black Sea, BBC News reports.
The Turkish government has dispatched a team to inspect the potential sources of pollution in the sea.


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