Sea Snot or marine Mucilage
Effects of climate change in the Mediterranean Sea. The sea Snot or Mucilage caused by marine heating. Nobody can deny that the warming of our planet Earth is now evident even to those who still harbor doubts and uncertainties. Climate change is present at all levels of our ecosystems: from tropical forests to the oceans. As you can see in the video made between 39 and 42 meters deep six miles off the coast of the Secche di Vada i document what is happening more and more frequently in the Mediterranean during the summer when the heating reaches the highest peaks and various types of mucilages are formed which, starting from the surface of the sea, reach more than 40 meters deep. la mucillagine marina
The temperature of the Mediterranean during the summer period increasingly reaches 27 ° -28 ° C. and beyond and if we consider that rivers carry more and more quantities of nutrients used in agriculture it becomes easy to think that the phenomena of mucilage inflorescences will be destined to increase considerably.Mucilages are the most obvious phenomenon that stands out of all to see, but I must say as a direct witness that there are other phenomena that are no less worrying that are changing the ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea such as the proliferation of Mnemiopsis leidyi that has been included in the the list of 100 of the most harmful invasive species in the world and which intotheblue.it documents among its videos.
When the mucilages are deposited massively on the bottom, they create a blanket that prevents gaseous exchanges with the overlying layers of water and leads to the suffocation of marine organisms and animals that cannot move such as bivalves.In addition to the direct effects on marine organisms, the layers of mucilage deposited on the substrate can aggravate dystrophic situations already in progress, as degrading processes of the organic substance develop with the consumption of oxygen below the deposited clouds.
The mucilages, in addition to causing serious environmental damage, cause economic damage to fishermen because in the areas affected by the phenomenon there is scarcity of fish and the fishing nets are filled with these aggregates, not allowing them to perform their function.
I want to invite, through the pages of this website, all divers who dive into the waters of the Mediterranean Sea to report those situations of climate warming and marine pollution that can cause damage to such a delicate ecosystem. la mucillagine marina