The largest algal bloom ever recorded in China has turned the Yellow Sea puke green. This year’s bumper crop has enveloped 28,900 sq km (11,158 sq miles) in algae, covering twice as much sea surface as the previous megabloom, in 2008.
Enteromorpha prolifera, with emphasis on prolifera, is not toxic to humans or animals if ingested; in fact, the Chinese refer to it as “sea lettuce”. However, the vast green salad on the surface (fed by fertilizer runoff and raw sewage) blocks sunlight from reaching the ocean floor while also sucking oxygen from the water, suffocating most other marine life.
Nonetheless, homo sapiens is nothing if not adaptable — for humans, at least for now, life goes on:
For their next holiday, the beach lovers depicted above may choose to travel to Chengdu for a swim inside the largest building in the world, a structure that includes an interior artificial beach. According to the official promotional materials….