SCARY GLOBS OF MUCUS SLIME BLOBS INCREASING
These blog globs are growing. There’s more of them, and they’re getting bigger. If you are unlucky enough to get caught and swim inside their soupier members, their slime doesn’t wash off. The thick mucasoid globs are more solid, white gelatinous collection of germy bacterial infested soup. Gross!
These mucus sea blobs are growing in the ocean. Some are huge.
“But the new study found that Mediterranean mucilages harbor bacteria and viruses, including potentially deadly E. coli, Danovaro said. Those pathogens threaten human swimmers as well as fish and other sea creatures, according to the report, published September 16 in the journal PloS One. ”
“The noxious masses can also trap animals, coating their gills and suffocating them, Danovaro said.
And the biggest blobs can sink to the bottom, acting like a huge blanket that smothers life on the seafloor.
Mucilages Going Global?
Mucilages aren’t a concern for just the Mediterranean, Danovaro added. Recent studies tentatively suggest that mucus may be spreading throughout oceans from the North Sea (map) to Australia, perhaps because of rising temperatures, he said.
“It’s a good example [of what will happen if] we don’t do something to stop climate warming,” Danovaro said. “There are consequences [if] we continue to deny the scientific evidence.”
Beyond warm temperatures, it’s still not exactly clear what drives the blobs’ formation, Scripps’ Azam pointed out. For instance, no one knows why the dead marine matter in the blobs doesn’t decompose.
Giant, Mucus-Like Sea Blobs on the Rise, Pose Danger