Oxybenzone, contained in sunscreen, kills off corals by making them sterile

  • Source: ‘Coral Zombies’ linked to sunscreen pollution
  • Extract: That evidence highlighted how oxybenzone kills corals and also causes DNA damage in adult corals, while simultaneously deforming it at the larva stage, severely impacting future growth, while also bleaching the corals. "It's almost counterintuitive," said Fauth, who is a co-author of that study as well. "We think that aerosol sunscreen is to blame." Fauth adds her belief that when sunscreen is sprayed, much of it lands on the sand or water. So when the high tide comes in, it collects all the overspray and pulls it back out to sea.