View Full Version : Green algae in the Yellow Sea

07-25-2011, 05:47 PM
Not sure I would want to play in this muck...unlike some of the brave souls in the pictures at the link. Click on the picture and it will take you to a slide show. I like the first picture in the slide show string. Kinda looks like a big green wave...

Come on in, the water's . . . green. In Qingdoo, Shandong Province of China, the coastal waters are covered with algae called enteromopha prolifera. The algae is not poisonous and doesn't affect water quality, but there are concerns about how it may affect local sealife and whether it might spur a drop in tourism. Not everyone, it seems, wants to look like the Incredible Hulk while swimming.
So, what exactly is going on here? According to CNN (http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/25/thick-green-algae-covers-200-square-miles-of-yellow-sea/?hpt=hp_c2), researchers aren't entirely sure what's behind the green invasion. One expert told the network that it's possible that the lush green algae plume may have something to do with "the change in the environment," but is mum when it comes to specifics.
Regardless, the bright green goop has inspired a slew of amazing photographs.