Turkey's 'sea snot' problem

Turkey's Sea of Marmara has a “sea snot” problem

Location: Istanbul

A thick, slimy layer of marine mucilage is spreading across the water

posing a growing threat to marine life and the fishing industry

Location: Gemlik

The organic matter contains a wide variety of microorganisms

and can flourish when nutrient-rich sewage flows into seawater

Experts link the problem to rising sea temperatures caused by climate change

as well as the discharge of untreated sewage into the sea

Location: Off coast of Yalova


"The only thing to do is not to throw your waste into the sea. We throw our waste there but expect to get our fish and oxygen from there. This is the grave dilemma of humankind. I do not think nature deserves this."