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Seaweed Swamps Qingdao Coastline

QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 03: (CHINA OUT) Tourists swim in seawater covered by a thick layer of green algae on July 3, 2013 in Qingdao, China. A large quantity of non-poisonous green seaweed, enteromorpha prolifera, hit the Qingdao coast in recent days. More than 20,000 tons of such seaweed has been removed from the city's beaches. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

China's Algae Beach

July 5, 2013

Algae blankets a popular coastline region of Qingdao, Shandong province in China. The organism has turned much of the Yellow Sea green, but that hasn't stopped some eager beach-goers from taking a dip. The latest infestation is reported to be one of China's largest algal blooms on record.