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St. John Sea Life: Flamingo Tongue

st john marine life: flamingo tongue
Flamingo Tongue Snail, (Cyphoma gibbosum)

I noticed this brightly colored creature attached to a sea fan while snorkeling at Hawksnest Bay. It’s a type of sea snail that feeds on sea fans and other gorgonia (so called soft corals) by scraping the polyps of the coral an activity not usually fatal to the host, which can regenerate lost polyps.

The colorful pattern on the outside of the shell are not an actual part of the shell but are a type of living tissue which covers the shell.

The bright and interesting patterns have resulted in a significant decline in their presence on popular snorkeling reefs, as snorkelers are prone to collect them, only to find later the patterns to disappear leaving a plain cream-colored shell.

St. John, Virgin Islands & Caribbean News

Puerto Rico probes darkening of Vieques bio bay
By Associated Press,

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Authorities in Puerto Rico announced Wednesday they are investigating why a glowing bay that attracts thousands of tourists a year has grown dark in recent weeks.

The popular Mosquito Bay on the island of Vieques is considered one of Puerto Rico’s top attractions, and government officials say they are worried about the bay’s loss of bioluminescence….read more

Press Release Island Green Living Association

IGLA Launches Fundraising Campaign: Preserve St. John

The Island Green Living Association is proud to announce the launch of a major fundraising campaign in support of its mission to address environmental issues island-wide. The non-profit recently appointed Margaret Fitzsimons as Director of Sustainable Development to help with this effort.

Together with the board of directors and Executive Director Barry Devine, IGLA intends to undertake key initiatives that will more aggressively target issues of recycling, resource conservation, responsible building and living, and preservation of St. John’s natural environment

Collectively, the island’s residents, businesses, and more than 1 million visitors per year are utilizing St. John’s natural resources at a rate that poses a growing threat of degradation to the island. St. John faces unique economic, cultural, and environmental problems associated with its geography and tourism base; namely, tons of waste with little recycling, high energy and food costs, increasing pollution, decreasing land mass, and endangered wildlife. These are all key issues targeted in IGLA’s fundraising campaign, PRESERVE ST. JOHN.

As a non-profit organization, IGLA’s funding comes from members and generous donors. To date, public support has enabled IGLA to help St. John in many ways, and now more than ever, the non-profit needs financial support to reach higher and fund critical initiatives including island resource recovery, glass and aluminum can recycling, composting, green villa and green business membership programs, and green living education.

Contact Fitzsimons today at margaret@m-fitzsimons.com to be a part of PRESERVE ST. JOHN, and share IGLA’s mission with friends, family, neighbors, and visitors. With help from the public, IGLA can enable St. John to move toward a sustainable future and preserve the island for the continued enjoyment of all.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
7:00 – 9:00

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
6:30 -9:30

Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4:30 – 6:30

340-693-5855High Tide
Erin Hart
5:00 – 8:00

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30 – 9:30

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00

Miss Lucy’s
Rich & Greg
6:00 – 9:00

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00

6:00 – 8:00

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00

James Milne
5:00 – 8:00

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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Caneel Bay Resort Offers Package for Beach-to-Beach Swimmers

Friends of the National Park Beach to Beach Power Swim
Beach to Beach Power Swim 2008

The Caneel Bay Resort is offering a Dive into Relaxation Package for swimmers and spectators attending the ninth annual St. John Beach-to-Beach Power Swim. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, will take place on Sunday, May 27,2012. There will be three options for swimmers: Maho Bay to Cinnamon Bay, one mile, Maho Bay to Trunk Bay, two and a quarter miles and Maho Bay to Hawksnest Bay, three and a half miles.

The Caneel Bay Resort Dive into Relaxation Package will include: 30% off room rates, breakfast for two per day, a complimentary Sunset Cocktail Cruise for two and a special welcome gift.

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Elkhorn Coral at Hawksnest Bay

Elkhorn coral at Hawksnest Bay

Elkhorn coral is an important reef builder. Large and relatively fast growing, they create habitats for many other reef dwelling species. Healthy elkhorns are getting harder and harder to find these days as many succumb to coral bleaching and other diseases, leaving them grey rock-like skeletons. On the reef located just off the Hawksnest Bay beach, however, there’s one after the other of healthy, colorful specimens, easy to get to for snorkelers of all levels of ability.

Video taken at Hawksnest Bay reef April 13, 1012

Travel Picks: Top 10 scenic workouts
“…the members and editors of travel website VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com) have compiled a list of the “Top 10 Most Scenic Workouts.”…
Their number three pick was: “Snorkeling in St. John, US Virgin Islands” read article

St. John Live Music – Saturday April 14

Beach Bar – I.R.E – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Dance Party – 11:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Guitarist James Milne – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
Morgan’s Mango – Luba – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Rascio on Steel Pan – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-3304
Rhumblines – Lauren – 7:00 – 10:00
Shipwreck Landing – Mike Miknut – 6:00 – 9:30
Skinny Legs – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 6:30 – 9:30 – 779-4982
Spyglass – James Cobb – 5:00 – 8:00 -776-1100

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St. John Happenings: West Indies Bluewater Swim Series

St. John Beach to Beach Power SwimStart of the 2008 St. John Beach to Beach Power Swim

St. John’s Beach to Beach Power Swim will be part of the recently established West Indies Bluewater Swim Series.

The races will begin with The StarMile2.5 Nevis-St Kitts Cross-Channel Swim between the  islands of Nevis and St. Kitts.

The second event is the Beach to Beach Power Swim on St. John with three catagories, the one-mile swim between Maho and Cinnamon Bays, the 2.25-mile swim from Maho to Trunk and the 3.5-mile swim between Maho and Hawksnest Bays.

The third event will be the Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim, which will include a 1- mile and a 2.4-mile swim and be held on on 7 July 2012 in the Turks & Caicos.

Finally, there will be the Maracas Bay Open Water Classic, in Trinidad with three categories, a 750-meter, a  2.65-kilometer and a five kilometer race.

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Thursday, March 1

Banana Deck – Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Castaways – Dance Party – 11:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Just Mike – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
High Tide – Inner Vision – 8:00-11:00 – 714-6169
Miss Lucy’s – David Reed – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5354
Morgan’s Mango – Mark Wallace – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Chris Carsel – 6:30 – 9:00- 693-3304
Skinny Legs – Lauren – 6:00 – 779-4982

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St. John News & Happenings

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St. John US Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands News

ST. THOMAS – A group of eager whale-watchers were treated to a special show put on by Mother Nature on Sunday when a large humpback whale frolicked around their boat for 45 minutes.

Every year, the Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John hosts a series of whale watches in February and March.

While the large creatures are unpredictable and often elusive, the 29 people on board the 50-foot catamaran KeKoa were able to get up close and personal to a humpback whale that was almost as long as the boat…. Read more: Virgin Islands Daily News

Live Music on St. John Friday, February 25

Aqua Bistro – Mark Wallace – 5:30 – 8:30 – 776-5336
High Tide – John Lee – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Morgan’s Mango – Lauren – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
National Park Ball Field – Daddy Chin & the Wailers, Featuring Ras Abiajah – 1:00 – 4:00
Ocean Grill – Luba – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Skinnylegs – Chris Carsel – 6:00 – 9:00  – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution to my visitors: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

Weekly Music Schedule

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