Sunscreen Chemicals and Marine Life

Love Ocean, Love Surf, Love Nature? Please Care for Beautiful Ocean and Planet. 

Summer is here come in Noosa.   Very busy tourist season coming up soon. We have already seen so many tourist and surfers come to enjoy Noosa Beaches. 

Unfotrtunatelly still not many people care about chemical sunscreen is really hurm for yourself,and especially sensitive kids and babies skins....check this news Banana Boat sunscreen: Woman and children suffer 'horrific' burns, blame SPF 50 product

Also one more important reason of care about which sunscreen you use....we should avoid so many products contain Oxybenzone and octinoxate sunscreen for ocean lifes and corals. 

I have Scuba diving Master lisence and I had dive under the Australian East coast ocean Great Barier Reef and Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia before,my totall dive is over 300 times easily. Most impressive experience is that I saw Minke Whale and saw the beautiful eye....

Skincare Chemicals and Coral Reefs

Common chemicals used in thousands of products to protect against harmful effects of ultraviolet light threaten corals and other marine life

Infographic Transcript: Sunscreen Chemicals and Marine Life

  • How sunscreen chemicals enter our environment: The sunscreen you apply may not stay on your skin. When we swim or shower, sunscreen may wash off and enter our waterways.
  • How sunscreen chemicals can affect marine life:
    • Green Algae: Can impair growth and photosynthesis.
    • Coral: Accumulates in tissues. Can induce bleaching, damage DNA, deform young, and even kill.
    • Mussels: Can induce defects in young.
    • Sea Urchins: Can damage immune and reproductive systems, and deform young.
    • Fish: Can decrease fertility and reproduction, and cause female characteristics in male fish.
    • Dolphins: Can accumulate in tissue and be transferred to young.
  • Chemicals in sunscreens that can harm marine life include: Oxybenzone, Benzophenone-1, Benzophenone-8, OD-PABA, 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor, 3-Benzylidene camphor, nano-Titanium dioxide, nano-Zinc oxide
  • How we can protect ourselves and marine life: Seek shade between 10 am & 2 pm, use Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) sunwear, and choose sunscreens with chemicals that don’t harm marine life.