Baby Corals Getting Harmed
On Tuesday at Orlando, Florida. A common ingredient that is found in sunscreen is toxic to coral and contributing to the decline of reefs around the world. "Oxybenzone alters coral DNA, makes coral more susceptible to potentially fatal bleaching and acts as an endocrine disruptor, causing baby coral to encase itself in its own skeleton and die". It kills baby Coral, which can bring a mess in the food chain.
This important because between 6,000 and 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion winds up in coral reef areas each year, much of which containing Oxybenzone. The damaging effects were seen in coral in concentrations of oxybenzone as low as 62 parts per trillion, which is equivalent to a drop of water in six and a half Olympic-sized swimming pools. Not only in Florida but In Hawaii and the Caribbean. Concentrations has been 12 times higher, which also explains why scientists aren't seeing any baby corals in many reefs in resort areas.
NBC News,. 'Sunscreen Ingredient Toxic To Coral, Killing Off Reefs, Researchers Say'. N.p., 2015. Web. 28 Oct. 2015.