Friday, May 28, 2010

Sunscreen Can Affect Fish and Turtles - Gotta Read This!

So, at some point last night, I feel asleep with the t.v. still on.  When I woke up early this morning, Bill Nye The Science Guy was on.  He was talking about SUNSCREEN.  Many sunscreens contain sodium benzoate, which wash off in the ocean as we are swimming, or wash off in our showers (and down our drains, and eventually back to our oceans) after a long day at the beach - and fish and especially, turtles, are being adversely affected by this chemical.  

By sodium benzoate leaching into these waters, it is exposing wildlife to high levels of estrogen which can cause them to CHANGE SEX!  The younger and smaller the fish, the more prone they are to this phenomena. 
So, "The Science Guy" suggests we look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide, instead.  Also, wearing UV protectant clothing is an option.  Since summer is upon us, I thought this was good info for us all to have.  

Also, check out:
for a great blog post on sunscreen!

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