Huge algae front reaches Chinese coast [PHOTOS]

A huge coat of algae as it approaches the Chinese east coast. (c) ZUMA Press

Recently, China’s Yellow Sea has been clogged for a surface of nearly 7,700 square miles (20,000 square kilometers) by a massive algae front.

Surprisingly enough, the algae spanning across great distances off the eastern provinces of Shandong and Jiangsu is a year to year visit, although authorities believe this year has been a bit more busy than previous ones, the Global Times said, citing a spokesman for the North China Sea Branch of the State Oceanic Administration.

The so-called “green tide” is a genuine oxygen sucker – typically caused by pollution in China, the algae suck up huge amounts of oxygen needed by marine wildlife to survive, while leaving a foul stench when they wash up on beaches. The current algae covering Chinese coasts is a marine plankton known as Enteromorpha prolifera. Like I said, this is a regular sight in the region, and last year alone more than a thousand dry-weight tons of algae was cleaned up, the Qingdao city government has said.

The resident aren’t minding this too hard, however, as one can see in these stunning photographs taken from the site.

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  • piks

    Wait a minute….green algae “Produces” oxygen….it is not an oxygen “sucker” as the article intimates….(rotting algae might however) no wonder our kids are getting dumber by the minute…where are the editors for this stuff ? (oh, they don’t know anything either )

  • Derrick

    Algae depletes the oxygen from the water, not the atmosphere. Obviously you didn’t pay attention in Biology. Who’s the dumb one now?