04/07/2013 06:43 BST | Updated 03/09/2013 06:12 BST

Green Algae Engulfs Chinese Beach (PICTURES)

These Chinese beach goers are not about to let thousands of tonnes of green algae ruin their day by the sea.

Whether they were swimming in it, playing on it or just throwing it around, the furry green stuff was no deterrent.

The snaps were taken at a beach in China's Qingdao, in Shadong province, on Thursday.

It's not easy being green...actually it is

The algae is a non-poisonous green seaweed known as enteromorpha prolifera.

Authorities in the coastal city have had to remove more than 20,000 tons of it from the beaches since June 5.

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