PHOTOS: Giant Sea "Mucus" Blobs on the Rise

PHOTOS: Giant Sea ''Mucus'' Blobs on the Rise
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Like stretched taffy, tendrils of mucilage crisscross shallow Adriatic waters in summer 2004.

Fish and other marine animals are most vulnerable to the mucilages' disease-carrying bacteria, which can kill even large fish, according to a September 2009 study.

The noxious masses can also trap fish, coating their gills and suffocating them, the Polytechnic University of Marche's Danovaro said.
— Photograph courtesy M. Cornello
 
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