Nature's Sunscreen

Violetline Maori Wrasse

If only we were so lucky. Fish living in the subtropical waters off of Australia’s coast produce their own sunscreen – a compound that protects their eyes and tissues against UVA and UVB rays. Scientists have recently discovered a way to use this substance, called mycosporine, in sun-protective films used to protect products from degrading in the sun, and possibly in the future, sunscreens. These species of reef fish include the black marlin and Violetline Maori Wrasse.

Published on November 16, 2015