A thick layer of mucus, also called “sea snot”, is spreading across the Sea of Marmara in Turkey, killing off marine flora and fauna.
The white thick mucus in the Sea of Marmara is a substance made of protein, carbohydrates and microscopic algae. It was first noticed in 2007, but then it did not pose much of a threat. In December 2020, it reappeared and began to grow actively. Now the amount of slime has grown to unbelievable proportions.
“The plight of the Sea of Marmara is the result of what people have done. It is the result of domestic waste and pollution. The only thing to do is not to throw waste into the sea,” said filmmaker Tahsin Ceylan, who is making a documentary about the impact of this substance on the sea.
The thick layer of this substance directly interferes with fishing and marine vessels. The slime also kills marine life because it blocks oxygen from entering the water. Moreover, the slime gradually sinks to the bottom, where it covers the corals, destroying them. Experts say that the slime has already sunk to a depth of 30 meters.
Now about 300 specialists are working to find out the causes of the slime and are looking for methods to combat it.