You know the feeling — you are in the water having fun when suddenly you fee that you just have to go had to go. Yet, although no one would see anything, you still feel guilty about polluting the ocean? It is an ancient conundrum: is it OK to go or not.
Well, it has all been resolved now, so you won’t have to go through this ever again. The American Chemical Society (ACS) has studied the issue quite extensively and has reached the conclusion that peeing in the ocean is OK. More than that, not only is the activity harmless, but it is actually good for marine life. Takes a load off of your shoulder, doesn’t it?
The good people over at the ACS have actually gone much further than simply make the momentous announcement. They have produced a video, which explains that the components of our urine pose no threat to marine life and if anything they can be beneficial. They do draw a line, though: peeing in enclosed areas such as pools is a big no.
The first reason for the ACS’s decision is that urine is mostly water, about 95 percent of the total, and it also containing sodium and chloride ions. Sea water, in comparison, is about 96.5 percent water, and it also contains sodium and chloride, only in higher concentrations. Both also contain potassium, so all things considered, urine won’t alter the sea water around in any dramatic way.
To drive the point home, the video informs us that every animal in the see also pees in the water (which should be obvious, I guess). And here is the clincher — a whale can let out 970 litres of urine per day. “So if they’re not harming things, you certainly aren’t as well”, the video concludes. So, there you have it — now you can stop feeling guilty about letting go in the ocean. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. We shouldn’t feel guilty about going to the loo in the ocean, say experts from the American Chemical Society.
2. With a similar composition to sea water, urine will not dramatically alter it.
3. The video explains urea in urine can actually be beneficial as it creates ammonium that feeds ocean plant life, so going to the loo when you’re down at the seaside is fine.
4. But they add that peeing in enclosed areas like swimming pools is not encouraged.
And here is the video:
Source for all images: Wikipedia.
Source: American Chemical Society.
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