Chinese Beachgoers Swallowed By Tsunami Of Green Sea Snot

Thanks to a massive algae bloom off the coast of China, people hoping for a day at the beach instead find themselves frolicking in gooey green shag. The best part is that the mutant mucous is likely a result of human waste in the water.

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An algae bloom twice the size of Los Angeles, nearly 11,500 square miles, has been invading Chinese waterfronts for nearly a month now.

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A public beach in Qingdao, northeast China's Shandong province on July 4, 2013.

Despite bulldozers and pitchfork brigades, the ceaseless tide of plantlife continues to clog beaches around Qingdao in northeast China. It's reported to be 16 inches thick in some areas.

But since the algae poses no danger to humans, people have been making the most of the slippery slime, rolling around in it as though it were viscuos, verdant carpeting.

This is the 7th year in a row the algae onslaught has buried Qingdao (which, fittingly, means "Green Island.") Qingdao actually has a series of underwater nets to try and stop the sudsy scum, but this year the swell of slime overwhelmed their defenses.

As to why the algae is setting records, with hundreds of tons of the gloop being hauled off every day, scientists blame an overabundance of phosphorus in the water.

Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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