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. You may have heard through the grapevine that peeing in the ocean will make sharks more likely to attack you. Urine is 95 percent water and contains sodium and chloride.
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Please refresh the page and retry. So, do you just go with the flow, and wee in the sea, or do you get your feet all sandy and endure the torture of trying to locate a public toilet on land? It seems that most of us have opted for the easy option on at least one occasion. Rivers and lakes are seen as fair game by a smaller number; here 17 per cent of us admit to having taken a tinkle, while 31 per cent think that this is acceptable. But is their assumption correct? At least part of the problem, say local tour operators , is visitors urinating in the sea and boats dumping the contents of their marine toilets alongside them. Urine is 95 per cent water, but it also contains sodium and chloride ions — the same chemicals that make seawater salty. In fact, urine contains a lower concentration of these ions than the sea, so by weeing into it, you are making saltwater ever-so-slightly less salty. But urine contains other things as well, including waste products such as urea produced from the breakdown of proteins in our diets , and sometimes trace amounts of drugs such as the contraceptive pill or antibiotics. Also — contrary to the widely held perception that it is sterile — urine usually contains small numbers of bacteria.
To Pee or Not to Pee?
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By Lauren Wolf From the June issue. We rented the same property in Wildwood Crest year in and year out: a modest three-bedroom apartment just blocks from the beach. Today, my husband and I continue the shore visits with my niece, taking her to the southern beaches each year. During our first year in the water, at the tender age of 8, my niece was hesitant. I told her she could relieve herself in the water, and she looked at me with embarrassment.