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In Pics: Slimy 'Sea Snot' Clogging Up The Sea Near Turkey

Photos show a thick layer of slime, known as marine mucilage, covering the Sea of Marmara south of Istanbul. The slime is a discharge of protein, carbohydrates, and fat from phytoplankton, microscopic algae.

June 08, 2021

An aerial photo of the sea at the Caddebostan shore with a huge mass of marine mucilage, a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, in Turkey's Marmara Sea.

AP Photo/Kemal Aslan

An aerial photo of the sea at the Caddebostan shore, in Asian side of Istanbul, with a huge mass of marine mucilage, in Turkey's Marmara Sea.

AP Photo/Kemal Aslan

An aerial photo of the sea at the Caddebostan shore with a huge mass of marine mucilage, a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, in Turkey's Marmara Sea.

AP Photo/Kemal Aslan

An aerial photo of the sea at the Caddebostan shore, in Asian side of Istanbul, with a huge mass of marine mucilage, a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, in Turkey's Marmara Sea.

AP Photo/Kemal Aslan

An aerial photo of the sea at the Caddebostan shore with a huge mass of marine mucilage, a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, in Turkey's Marmara Sea.

AP Photo/Kemal Aslan

An aerial photo of the sea at the Caddebostan shore with a huge mass of marine mucilage, a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, in Turkey's Marmara Sea.

AP Photo/Kemal Aslan

An aerial photo of the sea at the Caddebostan shore with a huge mass of marine mucilage, a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, in Turkey's Marmara Sea.

AP Photo/Kemal Aslan

Seagulls fly on the Caddebostan shore partially covered with marine mucilage, a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, in Turkey's Marmara Sea.

AP Photo/Kemal Aslan

In an aerial photo, boats are seen near the Caddebostan shore, on the Asian side of Istanbul, with a huge mass of marine mucilage, a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, in Turkey's Marmara Sea.

AP Photo/Kemal Aslan