When at a beach with no bathrooms, is it better, environmentally speaking, to urinate in the ocean or behind a sand dune? A good, silly summer question to consider as regards our impact on the natural environment. There are non-environmental concerns with beach urination as well, such as disgusting your fellow sunbathers and your fellow readers. Who, however, will cast the first wad of toilet paper and say she or he has not had this dilemma? The answer will vary a little depending on where you are and what restrictions are in place, but in general Leave No Trace is the outdoor ethic we should be striving for, whether we are in the wilderness or on Atlantic Beach.
#2: Can Peeing In The Ocean Hurt The Environment?
When you go to the beach, though, there are a lot of things to think about. From applying sunscreen correctly , to not swimming too far out, to keeping your kids and pets safe in the sand and water, going to the beach comes with a lot of preparation work. Urine contains nitrates and phosphates, which can negatively impact coral — and coral reefs all over the world are suffering. Plus, most coral reefs are considered protected, which means there will be signage telling you what you can and cannot do in that area. To avoid getting a UTI after swimming, shower after getting out of the water and change out of your wet swimsuit as quickly as you can. In other words, make sure you are far from fellow swimmers if you decide to let loose in the water.
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Part of the reason that Maya Bay in Thailand — made famous in The Beach - was announced to be closing indefinitely earlier this month was due to tourists urinating in the sea. Boats full of visitors were also offloading the contents of their toilets into the famous bay , harming coral and marine life. Urine is also full of waste products such as urea, which comes from breaking down protein in the human diet, as well as bacteria and traces of drugs like antibiotics and contraceptives. Of course, the ocean is a vast place — the Atlantic contains quintillion litres of water, for example. A video from the American Chemical Society confirmed that peeing into the ocean is mostly OK — as even if every human on earth did so, there would only be 60 parts per trillion of the sea with urea in. The video also pointed out that every fish in the ocean pees into it as well, including the fin whale, which lets out litres of urine per day. It also said that the nitrogen in urea produces ammonia when it combines with water, feeding plants in the ocean - which can be beneficial.