Ports, coasts and parts of sea water are covered with a viscous gray substance. In some cases, the snout also sank, suffocating life on the inland sea floor.
pollution and warming
Natural slime was first identified in Turkey in 2007.
But the outbreak is the largest ever and is attributed by scientists to a combination of pollution and global warming, which is accelerating the growth of the algae responsible for the sticky sludge.
Today, Turkish Environment Minister Murat Kurum announced that there is a plan in place to combat snowfall in the sea. The exact details of the plan are still unknown. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames the outbreak on polluted water from cities, including Istanbul, and has vowed to “cleanse our seas from the plague of mud”.
Fishermen and local residents are trying to remove the sea water with nets, but so far to no avail. Biology professor Muharrem Balci from Istanbul University says that both chemical and biological means should be used to remove mucus.
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