Guinness Book of World Records Largest Underwater Cleanup 2019 (Reef Restoration)



I had the exciting privilege to be invited to the "Guinness Book of World Record Largest Underwater Cleanup" attempt Saturday morning June 15, 2019, with scuba divers from all around the world joining in and it happened right here in Deerfield Beach Florida by the Pier. The event's mission was for us scuba divers to beat the Guinness Book World Record. I wasn't sure if we would pull it off because we had to beat a previous record set in 2015 by 614 divers in the Red Sea in Egypt, but thankfully we did break it! 


"The event drew 633 scuba divers from across the United States, Europe, and South America. "The treasure hunt retrieved 9,000 items of marine debris, including 3,200 pounds of fishing gear, according to ocean conservation group called Project AWARE", and according to a recent Forbes Magazine article published this week.

Not only will our names now appear in relation to the breaking of the Official Guinness Book World Record, but the event is being highlighted on the national news (Forbes, CNN, Sun Sentinel, CBS, ABC, Fox, etc.),


Michelle Touchstone & Friends Guinness Book of World Records Largest Underwater Cleanup 2019 (Reef Restoration)


But most importantly, we helped a lot of sea life that day, including corals and turtles by removing fishing lines, lead sinkers, and nasty hooks that can be ingested by marine life and cause painful and unnecessary death of our beautiful Florida wildlife. I learned that the metal in fishing weights is made of lead and poisons and kills the coral reefs as well. I have a big love for corals and all things ocean related. That's why, along with my passionate dive buddies, we all agreed to be a part of this once in a lifetime epic event, and it did not disappoint!

Ocean habitats and corals are in decline due to many factors, one being pollution (as well as over-fishing, shark killing, and more). Corals need a specific pH, and unfortunately, the environment they live in is changing. Not everyone realizes how vital Florida is. Florida has the third largest barrier reef in the world with Mexico coming in second, and Australia coming in at number one with the largest barrier reef in the world. As some of you may remember, I learned about reef safe sunscreen while visiting Mexico many years ago after I started my skincare company Me and a Tree. After researching the science behind corals and sunscreen, I started making reef safe sunscreen and offering it to my clients. 



Best Natural Organic Skin Care Protection Sunscreen Reef Safe


I want to continue to help protect our beautiful corals and sea life from further decline. Diving and seeing the beauty of our rich inheritance helps me stay on top of the issue. I loved learning and being a part of this event because together, we removed a lot of lead! Plus how often is one invited to such a meaningful and epic event like the Guinness Book of World Records? So cool, right?!


I was excited that my husband David, would be joining us scuba divers as a beach crew volunteer! We needed the extra help! David proudly represented our reef safe sunscreen while I attempted to break a world record! It turned out to be the most massive underwater cleanup to date! Pictures and videos are above and below.


Corals in Ocean Habitat

But before you go, will you consider supporting non-nano zinc sunscreens from now on? Reef safe sunscreen is vital. Wearing certain sunscreens with any form of microplastic spheres or beads, nanoparticles, Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, Methylparaben, Para-aminobenzoic acid or PABA all harm and kill corals and sea creatures and has been linked to cancer in humans. Corals are a living, breathing organism just like you and I. Corals are an incredibly diverse and beautiful animal (yes it's an invertebrate animal!) and is home to thousands of different aquatic species and provide food for fish as well- corals are truly fascinating!



Guinness Book of World Records Largest Underwater Cleanup 2019 (Reef Restoration)


Our land and beaches would not be here if it weren't for those barrier-reefs- our corals! It's in everyone's best interest to learn and support the efforts to keep our ocean pristine. Without barrier reefs, our shoreline would erode completely and we would not have the beautiful beaches (not to mention restaurants and tourism) we have today. So remember to avoid oxybenzone and the chemicals mentioned above and only use non-nanoparticle zinc oxide sunscreen when entering the Ocean; your beautiful beach is calling... 


Thank you for reading!

Michelle Touchstone

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