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It is a combined effect of the confinement and the strong heat: the Sea of Marmara in Turkey is covered with a mucilage which has received the equivocal nickname of “sea snot”. In question: the excess pollution generated by the some 30 million inhabitants of the coasts of the Sea of Marmara, who stayed more at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the high temperatures of spring.
In our show (see the video at the top of this page), our Observer Alper Altay explains seeing the strange substance up close in early May, in Mudanya:
I tried to pierce that layer with my feet, it started to smell like rotting seaweed or something.
And he is worried about the consequences of this phenomenon:
If we continue to pollute the Marmara Sea in this way for the next ten years, I believe there will be no life underwater at all. It will take a long time, maybe months, to get rid of it.
Authorities began attempting to clean up the Sea of Marmara in early June, a complex operation.