‘Sea snot’ blankets the coast near Turkey’s Istanbul

A thick layer of ‘sea snot’ is blighting the ocean near on of Turkey’s biggest cities – wrecking fishing nets, suffocating marine life and smothering corals on the seabed. 

The gunk – officially known as marine mucilage – is a waste product of fat, carbs and protein created by tiny ocean-dwelling phytoplankton when they are placed under stress.

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