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The Yellow Sea in China is now green after the largest ever algal bloom ever recorded lapped ashore in the city of Qingdao.

The living carpet has been a annual visitor to these shores for the past six summers and is linked to agricultural and industrial pollution.

“I came to the coast planning to have a dip, but looking at things I dare not go in,” said a dismayed holidaymaker.

The explosion of algae points to a change in the ecosystem as a result of human activity, according to scientists.

The algae blocks sunlight from reaching the ocean and steals oxygen from the waters.

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