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Colorful Hawskbill Sea Turtles

Named for their narrow head and beak over-bite, the Hawskbill sea turtle is a descendant of a group of reptiles that as existed for more than 100 million years. One of the largest populations of Hawksbill turtles is in the Caribbean Sea, commonly seen along coral reefs off the shores of St. John. Not to … Continued

Not-so-Green Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtles are actually not green, but so named for the green fat found underneath their carapace (shell). There are two genetically distinct populations of green sea turtles found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The US Virgin Islands have been identified as one of only a few major nesting sites for Green sea turtles. … Continued

The Amazing Octopus

The octopus is a coral reef marine animal with 8 arms. In the Caribbean, adult octopuses* weigh about 3 pounds and can change both color and texture to blend into their surroundings and avert predators. Mating for just a month or two around January, a female octupus will lay up to 500 eggs and sit with … Continued

Seagulls of Summer

The sound of seagulls around St. John is a seasonal joy from about May to September.  The pelicans, who reside here all year, look like they could do without the annual visit from these flighty guests. Laughing gulls in particular will gang-up and hover over, around, and even on the pelicans while they eat. Before a … Continued

St. John #1 on Tripadvisor

 St. John U.S. Virgin Islands Rated #1 Millions of discriminating travelers rated St. John US Virgin Islands the number one best vacation destination in the Caribbean! According to Tripadvisor, “Ecotourism is alive and kicking on St. John. There’s more than enough to do on land, from watching for wildlife in the national park to hiking miles of trails … Continued

Great Lameshur Bay

Great Lameshur Bay Over the hill and through the woods, to Great Lameshur Bay you go!  4-wheel drives only, this vast rocky Caribbean beach with small shell treasures all along the shoreline was home to the original underwater Tektite Habitat in 1969.  Read more about the Tektite program at the St. John Historical Society website.  … Continued