Many Popular Sunscreens are Harming our Coral Reefs

Coral Polyps

A common ingredient in many of the most popular sunscreens called oxybenzone has been found to be extremely toxic to the coral reef. The chemical kills the symbiotic algae that both feed and gives color to the coral animal causing the phenomena known as coral bleaching.

The study conducted in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Hawaii and was inspired when a vendor at Trunk Bay made the comment, “Just wait to see what they’d leave behind, he told the scientists – “a long oil slick.”

According to an NPR report, “some 14,000 tons of screen lotions wind up in coral reefs around the world each year.”

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