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Parrotfish Protection 4 Inch Shorts

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The coral reef ecosystems that cover our globe provide essential food and habitat to over 25% of all marine life. The parrotfish is a common animal found among these ecosystems and are a crucial keystone species, responsible for cleaning the corals from harmful algae. The abundance of parrotfish can be related directly to the health of our coral reef ecosystems.

    1. Streamlined pockets on the side of both legs for your phone, wallet, snacks or sunscreen
    2. Fibers mechanically engineered for quick dry, moisture wicking and breathability
    3. Resilient 4-way stretch and recovery for shape retention in and out of the water
    4. 4' inseam with longer length in the back to flatter your curves while keeping you covered
    5. Tag-less, wide waistband for comfort, added security and fold over option
    6. 100% chlorine, sun, saltwater and sunscreen resistant
    7. UPF 50+ sun protection (max rating achievable)
  • 88% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles), 12% spandex

UPF 50+ Sun Protection (Max Rating Achievable)

100% Fade-Proof From Chlorine, Sun & Saltwater

Anti-Microbial = Smell-Resistant

Fibers Mechanically Engineered For Quick-Dry & Moisture-Wicking

Made From Recycled Materials

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Advocate Apparel Inspired by the spotted parrotfish (cetoscarus ocellatus)

While parrotfish come in many amazing colors and patterns, this print is inspired by a male, terminal phase spotted parrotfish, native to the Indo-Pacific. Considered the most effective reef grazer, parrotfish serve an important function in maintaining the health of coral reefs. In fact, a 2014 IUCN report surveyed the health of Caribbean coral reefs from 1970-2012 and found that one of the most impactful actions we can take to restore the health of coral reef habitat is to protect parrotfish!

If that isn’t reason enough to love these bright and beautiful fish, an individual poops up to 200 lbs of sand a year, a critical source of sediment for beaches! For example, in Vakkaru Island in the Maldives, a 2015 study found that over 85% of their beach sand had been produced by parrotfish!

5% of sales from your purchase of this product are donated to Reef Relief

"Reef Relief is so grateful to expand our message of coral reef conservation through our partnership with Waterlust. They are an incredible company whose goals align with Reef Relief's to protect living coral. By purchasing items from the Parrotfish Protection Line you are giving back to Reef Relief's various educational programs and spreading awareness for coral reefs around the world."

Dora DeMaria. Education Director

Reef Relief

Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
Jillian H (Silver Spring, MD, US)
Beautiful, Comfortable, Functional!

I love these shorts! I wear them with my daughter whenever we are playing at the pool or if I'm giving her a bath (the water gets everywhere!) and I get compliments on how beautiful they are. They're also super comfortable, very stretchy. and they suck in my mom-bod in all the best ways. Love them!!

Elizabeth Chen (New York, NY, US)
Lounge wear to water play

I absolutely love these shorts. I may not have plans to visit the ocean or go swimming, but I wear these all the time to keep up with my kids, do a little yoga and then follow the kids to the splash pad. For indoors, outdoors, bathtime and workout time, these shorts do it all. Plus, the pocket on the side is ideal for cell phone, little toy cars, laundry card, and tissues. The ocean themed designs are a great conversation starter.
Thanks Waterlust!

Robyn Horan (Palm Bay, FL, US)
Great shorts!

So comfortable and beautiful design, love them!

Great quality and comfortable

I’m 5’8” at 200lbs and wear a 14/16 in women’s. I bought a XXL and they fit perfectly. But the inseam length is long enough to prevent ride up and sure enough that gives you a cute short. Also, it’s long enough so you don’t feel exposed in your private area if sitting or moving about or doing water exercises. The material does not stretch out so it fades and you have protection from seeing through the material thanks to the white line on the inside. I wear them for a running walking swimming. You name it I wear it. Very happy with this purchase.

Lily Wolper (Clayton, NC, US)
Will not purchase again unless improvements are made

I was really excited about these thick supportive swim shorts. I mean come on they have pockets! But I was totally shocked to find that there is no gusset in these! Instant camel toe. I figured I would just wear them around the pool at home but honestly they are so uncomfortable and chafe. I’m 5’2 136 lbs and I ordered a medium. They fit pretty well though I could have also fit into a large I think. I would not purchase these again or recommend them to anyone until a gusset is added in the crotch to make them more suitable for women. I feel like I haven’t seen leggings or bottoms in general without a gusset in so long. I’m really surprised this was overlooked.

Hi Lily. Thanks for leaving your thoughts and so sorry to hear you were disappointed. These shorts actually do have a full inseam gusset, otherwise known as a running gusset. Often gussets can be triangular (which we have on our leggings and 8' shorts) or diamond-shaped. However, full inseam gussets on shorts can add even more range of movement, while reducing the amount of seams around a sensitive area. As we were developing these shorts we had great feedback on the full-seam gusset for this style. But of course if you're not thrilled with your purchase we are always happy to take it back for a full refund. Or, if it's a triangle gusset you prefer, you might try the 8' shorts, which as I mentioned, do have that style of gusset. Hope that helps and feel free to email us at hello@waterlust.com with any other questions.

Sarah Murphy
Great quality, run small!

These are stunning and clearly great quality but run sooo small. I’m 5’8”, 145lbs, ordered a M per their measurement chart and they were at least one size too small, maybe two sizes too small. Exchanging them and excited to have them for the summer!!