Tourists Face $1200 Fine For Gross Act At Spanish Beaches

That's a pretty penny!


As holidaymakers head off for the European summer, it's important to remember that a quick urinal in the ocean now carries a significant risk to your hard-earned vacation funds due to a recent restriction implemented in a well-known Spanish resort town.

Marbella features 25 beaches, but residents and visitors are advised not to urinate in the sea close to any of them as doing so might result in a $1,200 fine from the authorities.

In an effort to protect the environment and maintain the cleanliness of beaches, the city council approved an increased fine on June 21 that is nearly twice as high as it was previously.

Although the exact method of punishment for those found guilty of "physiological evacuation in the sea and on the beach" is unknown, lifeguards on duty are expected to enforce it.

The new proposal must pass public consultation before it becomes law, yet many locals are ridiculing the move, with Spanish TV presenter Nacho Abad reportedly admitting to urinating in the sea and offering others advice on how best to do it, suggesting they pull their bathers down first.

"I recommend doing it that way, otherwise your swimsuit smells terrible," Abad said on the Spanish TV channel Cuatro. Another beachgoer in Marbella responded to the ban in jest, saying to the local TV channel, "Who is going to realise someone is taking a leak, the jellyfish?"

Although the majority of pee is made up of water, some people think that because urine contains bacteria and nitrogen, it is hazardous to marine life and can harm coral reefs and biodiversity. Portugal and Thailand have prohibited beachgoers from urinating in the ocean as a result.

But others, including The American Chemical Society, think that urine is just a "drop in the ocean" when it comes to its potential effects on the environment and wildlife because of how little urea there is compared to the size of the ocean.