Sunscreen and the ocean – what is the Real STORY? Protecting your skin, protecting the ocean
You might not know this, but unless you are using the correct sunscreen, you are damaging the ocean and its inhabitants. But, don’t worry, we have some suggestions for you to protect yourself against the UV rays, whilst protecting our beautiful ocean.
What exactly happens when you use the wrong sunscreen?
Here is a list of some of the things that can go wrong under the water when you use sunscreens that are not ocean friendly:
- It accumulates in the tissues of coral, which can cause bleaching, damage the coral’s DNA, deform young coral, and even kill it completely
- It can impair the growth and photosynthesis of green algae
- It can also accumulate in the tissue of dolphins and be transferred to their young
- In mussels it can cause defects in the young
- It can decrease fish and sea urchins’ fertility and reproductive systems, as well as cause female traits in male fish
The coral reefs of Seychelles
Coral reefs in Seychelles are protected and part of the country’s national pride. People come from around the world to explore these incredible underwater eco-systems.
A healthy coral reef is more than a home for a myriad of sea creatures, it is also one of the most valuable ecosystems on earth. These reefs provide billions of dollars in environmental and economic services, like food, coastal protection and tourism.
How can you make a difference?
There are various ways to protect yourself against the sun.
- Umbrella (seek shade between 10am and 2pm)
- Long sleeved tops
- Longer pants
- The correct UV sunscreen