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Scientists claim urinating in ocean is good for marine life (video)

By Mason White 11:34 AM August 21, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) Are you going to a beach with no bathroom in sight? Don’t bother holding it in because scientists said it is fine to urinate in the ocean.

A video uploaded to YouTube, shows why it is fine and even beneficial for people to urinate in the ocean.

The video was posted by Reactions, a series from the American Chemical Society (ACS), that uncovers the chemistry in everyday life.

They claim that from an environmental perspective, it is absolutely fine to pee in the ocean.

The first reason is that urine is mostly water. The average human’s urine is 95 percent water. Urine also contains sodium and chloride ions.

By comparison, sea water is about 96.5 percent water and contains sodium and chloride. Both also contain potassium, so urine won’t dramatically alter the sea water.

Another factor is urea, which is the main waste product in urine. “As our bodies break down proteins in food urea is the leftover compound that gets rid of the excess nitrogen in our bodies,” said the ACS.

The amount of urea released, especially in proportion to an entire ocean, is miniscule.

In addition, urea contains a lot of nitrogen, which combines with water to produce ammonium. Ammonium, in turn, feeds ocean plant life – meaning it is actually beneficial.

The video also points out that every animal in the ocean pees in the water. A whale for example, can let out 970 liters of urine per day.

They warn however, that one should not pee in smaller bodies of water such as swimming pools.