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Green algae blankets Chinese city's coast

Green algae is seen covering the coastal waters in Qingdao, China in this undated photo.

July 5, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Beachgoers in China have quite a problem to contend with. Massive amounts of algae have engulfed the coast around the city of Qingdao.

Chinese officials said on Friday that they have removed nearly 44 million pounds of the green algae in recent days.

The sea of green didn't stop many people from plunging into the ocean, though at least one tourist did change her plans.

"I was going to take a dip in the sea, but what's going on here stopped me. Now I no longer dare to swim here because I think the water is very dirty," the tourist said.

The algae that was removed will be dried, shredded and used later as fertilizer and to feed animals.

According to Chinese state TV, the green algae has invaded the area for the past seven years and usually remains there for about a month. Officials have blamed past algae outbreaks on unusually warm water temperatures.

ABC News and CNN contributed to this report.