Green slime fails to deter swimmers

22:48, Jul 04 2013
China's green slime
Tourists swim in seawater covered by a thick layer of green algae in Qingdao.
China's green slime
A large quantity of the non-poisonous green seaweed, enteromorpha prolifera, has swamped the Qingdao coast.
China's green slime
Workers clean up the slime.
China's green slime
But it's failed to put off most swimmers at the resort.
China's green slime
The seaweed covering a beach at Rizhao, south of Qingdao.

Even though bright green algae is clogging the waterways of China, that doesn't stop people from having fun with it.

The oxygen-thirsty algae has been growing near the popular resort spot of Qingdao, in east China's Shandong Province, since last month.

Authorities told the BBC the green algae, which poses no threat to humans, would be sent to a factory where it will be dried and ground to make animal food.