The dead zone

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 July, 2013, 1:30am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 February, 2014, 2:16pm
The dead zone

An outbreak of green algae, or hutai as the Chinese call it, has invaded the seawaters off eastern Shandong. It looks harmless and lots of fun, as beachgoers are pictured frolicking in the green mass. But danger lurks below, with the algae posing a massive threat to aquatic life. Here we examine what lies beyonds the layers of tangled seaweed.