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lovango cay

lovango mapLovango Cay lies just north of St. John. It is about a mile long and about a third of a mile wide.

Lovango has been inhabited, farmed and grazed for many years. When the United States bought the then Danish West Indies, there was a public school on the island.

The island was once a popular stopping over point for fisherman coming from Jost Van Dyke and is now the site of several homes.

The island serves as a roosting location for seabirds.

There is a popular but doubtful rumor concerning how Lovango Cay got its name. According to the story, there was once a brothel on the island and sailors would “love and go.” Actually Lovango and the adjacent islands, Mingo, to the east and Congo to the north were named after sections of Africa from which slaves were brought to the islands.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Castaway’s
Brother Nature
340-777-3316

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Lauren
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS

TODAY AND TONIGHT – BREEZY TO LOCALLY WINDY CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE SEAS OF 6 TO 8 FEET ACROSS MOST OF THE WATERS. THIS WILL RESULT IN CHOPPY AND HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS TODAY. IN ADDITION…ONSHORE WINDS WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY – CHOPPY AND HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH AT LEAST SUNDAY MORNING. LOCALLY STRONG WINDS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS ESPECIALLY ALONG THE WINDWARD COASTS.

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henley cay
Henley CayHenley Cay was once known as Women’s Cay because during the slave revolt of 1733, surviving white women and children were placed there to await rescue and transportation to St. Thomas. The surviving white men made Durloe’s plantation at Caneel Bay their stronghold, which they succeeded in defending against the rebels.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Henley, Ramgoat and Rata Cays (The Durloe Cays) were owned by Roger Humphrey, the Marine commandant of the Virgin Islands during World War II. He built the concrete storehouse whose ruins are presently found on Henley Cay. In 1947 Humprey’s son, a navy pilot, flew his aircraft over Henley Cay. He apparently was executing some air acrobatics, which he miscalculated, flew too low, crashed into the cay and died. This was the first time a plane had crashed anywhere near St. John. The wreckage of the plane can still be seen on top of the island.

After his son’s death Humphrey lost interest in further development of Henley and rarely returned there. In 1948, he rented Henley Cay to Robert and Nancy Gibney, the parents of the present owners of Gibney Beach, who lived there for about a year before building their permanent home at Hawksnest.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Advocates Voice Benefits of Marijuana Law Forum
By Carol Buchanan — April 18, 2014

If the 200 people at the University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall could have held a binding official vote Wednesday night, marijuana in all its forms would be legal.

Sen. Terrence “Positive” Nelson, along with Gustav James and Tafari Tzaddi, hosted what was called an “intellectual discussion on marijuana reform” for the Virgin Islands.

Although words of caution about how legalizations should come about, especially about how legalization would affect children, the overwhelming feeling of the panel and the audience appeared to be that the prohibition of marijuana use was not working.

When panelist Ras Bobby, an herbalist, said, “Fireburn on prohibition,” his words were greeted with cheers from the audience…. read more

Roberto Tapia, Angelo Hill Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy
By James Gardner — April 18, 2014

Former Department of Planning and Natural Resources Chief Environmental Enforcement Officer Roberto Tapia was sentenced in District Court on Thursday to 70 months in prison for drug trafficking. Former Police Sgt. Angelo Hill, a codefendent in the case, was sentenced to 21 months in prison…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Brother Nature
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
340-777-3316

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
340-201-1236

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce – Drumming
6:30 -8:30
340-776-6330

High Tide
Mikey P
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
340-776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

Virgin Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 22 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT: BREEZY TO LOCALLY WINDY CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE SEAS OF 6 TO 8 FEET ACROSS MOST OF THE WATERS. THIS WILL RESULT IN CHOPPY AND HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS TODAY. IN ADDITION…WINDS PERPENDICULAR TO THE COAST WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY: CHOPPY AND HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK. LOCALLY STRONG WINDS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS ESPECIALLY ALONG THE WINDWARD COASTS.

 

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St. John News

Guy Benjamin School is Hot Topic at Coral Bay Town Meeting
By Lynda Lohr — April 17, 2014

Parents Anna Adams and Cassandra Long both want their children to go to Guy Benjamin School.

The fate of Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay dominated the discussion at a town meeting held Wednesday at the school. Community members said that, after they saw their kindergarteners and first-graders shifted from Guy Benjamin to Julius E. Sprauve School in Cruz Bay at the start of the school year, they were worried that the Education Department would close the school….

… While Guy Benjamin was the most discussed topic at the meeting, several people asked about where things stand with the long-awaited combined elementary and high school slated to be built at Catherineberg. The local government needs to come up with a way to exchange land with the federal government because the land intended for the school sits within V.I. National Park boundaries.

“They say they are working on it,” Cole said.

Most St. John public high school students attend Ivanna Eudora Kean High School on St. Thomas, taking the ferry across Pillsbury Sound to school.

Retired educator Yvonne Wells said that Kean High has lots of violence. “Because they are from St. John, they decide they are going to pop them,” Wells referring to the attacks on St. John boys by St. Thomas students.

She said because of the problems at Kean High, St. John is “losing its young black men.”

Those at the meeting also had other concerns.

Several people said that because the VITRAN bus doesn’t run on weekends and holiday people are losing job opportunities because in a tourism-based economy people often work on weekends.

And at issue for several residents was the lack of representation when it comes to elected officials. St. John residents as well as those on St. Thomas vote for seven senators. Voters across the territory select the at-large senator, who must live on St. John but represents people on all three main islands as well as Water Island and the few who live on various cays…. read more

Craig’s List scam reported

The Porter County Sheriff’s Police has taken the report of a Westchester Township resident who lost more than $1,000 in another Craig’s List rental scam.

According to police, on Monday the resident advised that her husband wired $1,130 to a “Jason Ahn” to secure the rental for a week of an apartment on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands posted on Craig’s List.

The resident, however, had “a funny feeling that she was being scammed because the e-mails being sent did not seem to add up,” police said. After further research, she found the apartment in question listed on another site and subsequently determined that it was not Mr. Ahn’s to rent.

The PCSP referred the resident to the Federal Trade Commission and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
7:00 – 9:00
340-693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

Beach Bar
John Gazi
9:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4:30 – 6:30
340-693-5855

High Tide
Erin Hart
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30 – 9:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-6800

Miss Lucy’s
Rich & Greg
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-5244

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Pickles
T-Bird
6:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 16 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS

SUSTAINED WINDS UP TO 21 KNOTS WITH HIGHER GUSTS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE WATERS. THIS WILL RESULT IN SEAS BUILDING 6 TO 8 FEET WITH SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY CONDITIONS FOR ALL WATERS. THESE WINDS MAY GENERATE RIP CURRENTS ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH AND EAST FACING BEACHES. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 21 KNOTS EXPECTED OVER ALL OF THE COASTAL WATERS. THIS WILL RESULT IN SEAS BUILDING 6 TO 8 FEET WITH SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY CONDITIONS FOR ALL WATERS. THESE WINDS MAY GENERATE RIP CURRENTS ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH AND EAST FACING BEACHES.

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blue bell tunicates

Blue Bell Tunicates – photographed on the Trunk Bay Underwater Trail

tunicates and coralThese pretty blue creatures are blue bell tunicates. Like most of the creatures on the reef they are animals. They are found on the reef attached at one end to a substrate like corals, sea fans or rocks. On the other end they have a pair of openings or siphons. One takes in water, which is passed through the animal where oxygen and nutrients are extracted, the remainder being discahrged through the other siphon. They can quickly close off their siphons if they feel threatened.

St. John Events

St. John School of the Arts

Sis Frank Concert Series
A Night of Music, Dance & Drama
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $30.00

Performances by Eddie Bruce, Luba Dolgopolsky, Alesia Georgiou, Drapes Jensen, Shikima Jones, Jeune Provost, Abigail Rene, Kim Sammartano, Kazumi Schaub, Mike Sorzano, Kim Wild, Jude Woodcock and Special Guests!

Visit www.stjohnschoolofthearts.org for more information or call 340-779-4322

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
6:30 – 9:30
340-201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 9:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
340-776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

International News 2 charged with migrant smuggling in Virgin Islands April 14, 2014 22:29 GMT KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Two Haitian nationals have been arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands after being indicted on charges of conspiracy to smuggle migrants into the U.S. The U.S. Justice Department alleged Monday that the two suspects conspired with others to smuggle mostly Haitian migrants to the U.S. island of St. John in 2010. The attempt ended tragically when a boat carrying 33 migrants smashed into a reef while trying to evade authorities. At least four children and four adults died. Most of the passengers on the vessel were Haitians seeking a better life. The two Haitian men were allegedly waiting for the boat in St. John and communicating with their co-conspirators by phone. U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe says a grand jury returned a 10-count indictment against the men Friday….Read More

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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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
340-693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

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

340-693-5855High Tide
Erin Hart
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30 – 9:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-6800

Miss Lucy’s
Rich & Greg
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-5244

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Pickles
T-Bird
6:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

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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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The Last Trail Bandit Guide

Interview with Bob Garrison, the Trail Bandit:

What was the philosophy of making a St. John map in the first place?
The only recent maps of St. John were the USGS topo maps which were not updated very often and did not show any hiking trails, the National Geographic map which showed few trails and was inaccurate in places and the map passed out by the NPS which was a poor excuse for a hiking map but did show some trails. After I had visited St. John a few times I realized that there was far more out there than shown on these maps. I decided that I could learn a little about map making and do a better job. My map had to be accurate, give more information and stand up better than the others I had seen.

How the maps were created?
I bought a GPS receiver and hiked the trails and drove the roads to record GPS tracks for all. I discovered the wonderful map of St. John that was published by P.L. Oxholm in 1800. His map showed roads and trails that I did not know about. Using his map and aerial photographs I was able to locate most of the roads he showed and many are still in good shape even after over 200 years. Those old engineers knew how to build a road that would last. I purchased a set of negatives that the USGS topo maps were printed from and used them to get the elevation contours, shoreline, and stream bed locations. I added the trail and road locations that I had recorded and made my first map. I now know that my first way of doing things was not the easiest way to do this.

What is the history of the various map editions
My first map was printed in 2004. I used the USGS data for the roads as they were shown on the 1983 revision of their map. I also did as the USGS had done and only showed the part of St. John that is west of Hurricane Hole. It also showed only the main trails that were on the NPS map. The size of the map was 12″ x 14″ and folded up to fit in your pocket. One problem with the NPS map was that it turned to mush if it got wet. I used a water proof paper. This was a vast improvement over the NPS product.

In 2006 I reprinted the first map, adding a few more trails and updating the roads from aerial photos. I had this map printed in a larger format of 17″ X 21″. I also learned about doing maps in vector format as opposed to treating a map like a photograph. This simplified the layout process and made a better quality product.

In 2008 I designed a map that was acceptable to the NPS so that it would be allowed to be sold in the Visitor’s center. The company thet runs the visitor’s center, Eastern National, ordered 5,000 of these maps and I oversaw the printing. These maps were for sale until 2013 when Rafe Boulon and others had them pulled from the store because the map showed things that didn’t want the public to know about. To the best information I can get, they only sold about half of the maps and I guess the rest were thrown away. This map showed the whole island and was printed in a 14″ X 24″ size. The NPS redid this map to remove a number of trails that they objected to and started selling them in the visitor’s center in early 2014. Sadly, they used cheap paper that won’t last long in the rain. Sometimes it rains on St. John. At least there is a decent map available in the Visitor’s Center.

In the 2010 edition of my map I showed the whole island and included many of the hidden old roads that are out there as dashed red lines. The roads were updated by walking on the new roads with my GPS and also from aerial photos. This edition was printed in a 16″ X 26″ size.

What’s new, what’s changed in the Last Trail Bandit Map
In March of 2014 I had “The Last Trail Bandit Guide to the Hiking Trails of St. John, VI” printed. There are more of the “hidden” trails shown and 33 of them are numbered and short descriptions are printed on the back of the map. GPS tracks are available for these trails and can be downloaded from www.trailbandit.org for free. If you enjoy exploring, these 33 trails will give you a good start. There are many more things to find out there. This last map is printed in a 20″ X 34″ format. The larger format was chosen because the dashed red line trails showed up better and my eyes are not as good as they used to be so bigger helped.

When will it be available?
The 2014 map is available now and I will be shipping them starting in mid April.

How can they be ordered?
Send a note to; Bob Garrison, P.O. Box 394, Henniker, NH 03242. The price of the map is $3.00 each, Post Paid. I accept cash or checks. Don’t forget to include the mailing address for where you want the map sent. If you are leaving for St. John in a week and want a map asap, send an e-mail to rgarrison@mcttelecom.com and I will send the map and trust you for the $3.00. Again, be sure to tell me where to send the map. Those who want to buy the maps in quantity for resale, etc. can contact me for pricing.

Why is it called the last Trail Bandit Map?
There is not much more I can do on St. John and I have grown tired of the fight. The Park is being run by “Protection Rangers”, also known as Cops or Goons with Guns. They do very little to help a tourist get to know the park or give information. They ARE IN CHARGE and their ticket pad is never far from their hand. Ever since Superintendent Mark Hardgrove retired, they have been deleting hiking trails from the park by enforced neglect. It is sad to watch and I choose not to watch. Remember, the National Parks belong to the people. The Parks are to be maintained so that people can come visit them and enjoy the experience. The Park Service is supposed to maintain the place and preserve the old buildings, roads, trails, etc. for the enjoyment of future generations. If you look around Virgin Islands National Park you can judge how good a job they are doing. It is not supposed to be a retirement home for Superintendents.

Are you sure? One never knows…
I am pretty sure this is the last edition. I will have all the files necessary to print the map posted on my web site soon. Eventually, I hope some other Bandit will take over the job.

Trail Bandit Map

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
340-776-5336

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
340-777-3316

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
340-201-1236

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce
6:30 -8:30 – Drumming
340-776-6330

High Tide
Mikey P
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
340-776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
6:00 – 9:00
340-776-1100

Virgin Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. East wind 16 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

 

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anemone

The giant Caribbean sea anemone, Condylactis gigantean, is usually found attached to a hard substance like a rock or shell in shallow water. They can move, however, slowly crawling from one location to another.

The giant sea anemone, giant because they can range from six to twelve inches across, feeds on small fish, crustaceans and mollusks. The anemone captures its prey and defends itself by utilizing their nematocysts, or stinging cells that are located on the tips of the anemone’s tentacles. The toxins released can immobilize prey and discourage predators. The proximity of these nematocysts also serves to provide protection for cleaner fish and shrimp and act as a sort of base station for fish cleaning. The toxins released by the anemone are only mildly irritation to humans.

The giant anemone reproduces sexually with males releasing sperm and females releasing eggs into the water. If they are in close enough proximity to one another then fertilization will take place.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Wednesday 3/19

Beach Bar
Groove Thang
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 77. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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spotted trunkfish

Spotted trunkfish, Lactophrys bicaudalis

I photographed this spotted trunkfish at Hurricane Hole. I was lucky to get the photo, as they are not that common and are generally wary of divers and quickly shoot back into ledges and holes in the reef when approached. Locally, trunkfish are also boxfish and cowfish.

The Spotted trunkfish, Lactophrys bicaudalis, as well as other species of trunkfish secretes a colorless toxin that it produces from gland on their skin when they are under stress. For humans, the toxin is only dangerous if eaten and won’t harm them if they touch the fish, but marine predators, even large ones like nurse sharks can die as the result of eating a trunkfish.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Cactus Brothers
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 8:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Quest Theory
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 79. East southeast wind 14 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

UPPER LEVEL RIDGE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD OVER THE REGION TODAY LEADING TO LARGE SCALE SUBSIDENCE AND SIGNIFICANT DRYING. WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN TODAY WITH RED FLAG CONDITIONS POSSIBLE FOR SAINT CROIX.

(A Red Flag Warning also known as a Fire Weather Warning is a forecast warning issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire ignition, and rapid propagation.)

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St. John Virgin Islands Marine Life: needlefish

Needlefish (Tylosurus crocodilus)

Some years ago my friend, John Campbell, the father of Jasmine Campbell who represented the Virgin Islands in the Sochi Olympics, was water skiing in Rendezvous Bay. At precisely the wrong time, a needlefish jumped out of the water, its sharp beak colliding with John’s knee and penetrating deep into the joint. This led John on a quick trip to the clinic and a successful removal of the bony beak.

The needlefish, which range in length from one to 37 inches, can jump out of the water at speeds of up to 37 mph. making them a danger to humans that like my friend John happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. There have, in fact, been several recorded instances of needlefish causing deaths and injuries, especially during the night when the lights from boats excite the needlefish causing them to leap out of the water in the direction of the light. Night fishermen and divers in the Pacific find needlefish to be more of a danger than sharks.

A three-foot long needlefish killed a10-year-old Hawaiian boy who was night fishing with his father, the fish’s beak passing through the boy’s eye into his brain. A surfer in Hawaii suffered the same fate. A Vietnamese boy diving for sea cucumbers in 2007 was killed when the beak of a needlefish penetrated his heart. A snorkeler in Florida was nearly killed in the same manner and in 2012 a needlefish seriously injured the German kite surfer Wolfram Reiners in the Seychelles.

Needlefish swim close to the surface and survive on a diet of smaller fish. In the Virgin Islands, needlefish are often referred to as garfish, but, although somewhat similar in appearance, they are not related to that species.

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Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

HIGH SURF ADVISORY

SEVEN FOOT SWELLS AT 12 SECONDS AT SAN JUAN BUOY 41053 WILL PRODUCE BREAKING WAVES OF 9 TO 12 FEET ALONG ALL COASTS OF PUERTO RICO…CULEBRA…VIEQUES AND ST THOMAS, ST. JOHN AND ADJACENT ISLANDS. SWELLS EXPECTED TO SUBSIDE QUICKLY EARLY THIS EVENING.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM AST THIS AFTERNOON.  WAVES AND SURF: BREAKING WAVES OF 9 TO 12 FEET FROM THE NORTH NORTHWEST.

TIMING: THROUGH 4 PM AST TODAY.

IMPACTS: LIMITED COASTAL EROSION AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS   AROUND ROCKS AND REEFS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…  A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN THE ADVISORY AREA…PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH EROSION. HIGH SURF IS ESPECIALLY HAZARDOUS AT NIGHT. RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ARE URGED TO KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE WATER.

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rendezvous bayThere’s a series of rock ledges along the coast between Klein and Ditleff Bays that provide shelters for hundreds of small colorful reef fish. The ledges are in shallow water and the fish are always there and can be observed by snorkelers without having to dive into deeper waters. In addition to reef fish, I’ve seen lobsters, shrimp and crabs nestled under the ledges.

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

Education officials seek feedback from parents about closing Guy Benjamin School on St. John
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: March 12, 2014

V.I. Education Department officials met with parents last week about the possible closure or re-purposing of Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay, St. John.

“We have not made a decision yet, this was just to get feedback,” Education spokeswoman Ananta Pancham said.

Education officials said the final decision depends on how many students register for the upcoming school year.

The school has seen a steady decline in enrollment during the last few years, and the Education Department is having trouble justifying the financial expense to keep the doors open to serve only a few students, particularly when the students can be taught at Julius Sprauve School in Cruz Bay.

At a Parent Teacher Organization meeting on Thursday, St. Thomas-St. John District Superintendent Jeanette Smith-Barry said enrollment at Guy Benjamin has dropped from a high of 112 students to the current 55.

Despite the school’s declining number of students, it still costs the same amount of money – $1.1 million annually – to operate the school, according to the department.

It costs about $2.3 million per year to operate Sprauve, according to Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory. Benjamin has only 15 employees compared with Sprauve’s 44.

Sprauve poses some concerns – it is located in the center of Cruz Bay and is surrounded by bars and traffic – but it does have a maximum capacity of 729, more than enough to absorb the 55 Guy Benjamin students…. read more

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Isolated showers before 8am. Sunny, with a high near 77. East southeast wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

 

 

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