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Sunscreen Ban in the Virgin Islands

Research has shown that the ingredients in most sunscreen, octocrylene, oxybenzone and octinoxate, are damaging to marine life. With the huge numbers of tourists that visit the VI and swim daily in the water, the amount of sunscreen and its harmful ingredients has a huge impact on the local eco-system. On June 26, 2019, Virgin … Continued

Choose the Best Snorkel

There’s a new mask in town and it’s pretty different than what we’re used to. The “full face” snorkel mask showed-up on a few heads 3-4 years ago and has proven to be more than a passing fad. Early adopters did experience some setbacks, namely leakage and the inability to dive below the surface while … Continued

Caribbean Blue Tang

Prevalent in the clear waters that surround St. John, the Blue Tang Surgeonfish (Acanthurus coeruleus) begin as yellow juveniles, turn pastel blue as adolescents, and bright blue as adults. Called “Atlantic Blue Tangs” or “Caribbean Blue Tangs”, they can grow to be up to 15 inches long. When snorkeling, you’ll most likely see the yellow … Continued

Crustaceans

St. John is home to many fascinating critters, including some of the oldest known animals on earth. Crustaceans are invertebrates that live in the world between land and sea.  Dating back more than 500 million years, common crustaceans today include crabs, lobsters, and shrimp. All crustaceans have a hard exoskeleton that provides protection from predators and water … Continued

Jazzed about Jellyfish

Jellyfish are at home in the water. There are many varieties of jellyfish and each is more fascinating than the next. Jellyfish are not fish. They are symmetrical planktons. Jellyfish are found in every ocean on the planet at varied depths and water temperatures, even in some freshwater lakes and ponds. Bloom, swarm, or smack … Continued