A thick slimy mass is inundating Istanbuls seashores.
City beaches which should be packed with the easing of covid restrictions remain empty.
Dubbed sea snot the algae blooming in the Marmara sea is causing shock and anger among the citys inhabitants.
Some blame politicians.
To enter the sea is to commit suicide, unfortunately we murdered the Marmara sea, the governments did this.
I was born and raised in Istanbul 76 years and this is the first time we let the polluted rivers and the sewage ruin the sea.
Turkey has witnessed its naturally occurring miresludge before but never on this scale.
Scientists blame rising sea temperatures a nitrate-rich pollution for fueling the algae growth that causes the slime.
Oceanographer professor Jamal Saidam devoted 20 years to studying the Marmara sea.
Maybe its the first time among the Turkish scientists that the cause of this thing is unanimously decided its the man-made effect.
When I say man-made its all population industry agriculture so all those activities somehow ends up in the middle sea of Marmara.
The government is desperately trying to clear up the so-called sea snot
in the face of growing criticism over Marmara sea pollution levels.
The mountainous tasks cannot come soon enough for Istanbuls fishermen
who now spend much of their time on shore counting the cost.
As fishermen we have started suffering from this terribly now many fishermen cannot take bread home because of this.
It is bad both for line fishing and net fishing
the net fishing is impossible because they cant throw and lift the net through the snot.
While fishing with lines the line gets caught in the sea snot
if we used to make ten lira now we make two it affected all of us so badly.
But with sea temperatures rising at the onset of summer further fueling the sea algae growth
fears are growing the sea snot will spread to turkeys tourist resort in the neighboring aegean sea.
Turkey is now in a race against time in his battle against the sea of slime.
Dorian Jones of voa news Istanbul