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May 27, 2021


A thick blanket of ‘sea snot’ is wreaking havoc on Turkey’s coast

(Thanks to GJ and Rick Day)


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"Marine mucilage" caused by nitrogen runoff and raw sewage dumping sounds as unappealing as the satellite picture looks. I don't think there's enough Benadryl to fix this.

It is my understanding that this time of year in Turkey the pollen from the seaweed causes the plankton to develop allergies commonly know as bay fever.

Part of the problem is that the Dardanelles restrict exchange with the open Aegean Sea. So it's a semi-stagnant body of water to begin with.

I doubt this is well-connected to climate. I was there at this time of year in 2015, and nothing like this was going on. If this was really climate-related, something like it would happen just about every year. This is a transient event.

There is a legend that the Island of Atlantis was abandoned and sunk to get rid of a similar problem. The records also claim it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Isn't Red Tide the same as bloody sea snot?

That snot funny.

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