From EAST (Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John)
ST. THOMAS – Few people are fortunate enough to ever see a humpback whale, but each year the Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John offers the community a unique opportunity to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
EAST’s annual whale watches will be held on February 15 and 22th and March 8th and 22rd.
“We had a great sighting on the North Western end of St. Thomas last year,” said EAST President Carla Joseph. “Nothing is more exciting than seeing an animal of this size. It is something I wish everyone had the opportunity to experience.”
Humpback whales migrate through Virgin Islands waters each winter, where they mate and give birth. The local migration usually peaks in February.
The whale watches will be held on a large catamaran, “Jolly Mon”.
“If they are out there, we will find them,” Joseph said.
Eco-guides will be on board to educate participants about the whales as well as sea birds and other marine life.
“It should be a very fun day,” Joseph said. “We usually stop for lunch and a swim or snorkel at an offshore cay. It is a chance to learn a lot more about the Virgin Islands.”
The boat departs at 8:30 a.m. from the National Park Dock in Red Hook. Whale watchers should bring lunch, sun screen, bathing suits and binoculars.
Joseph urged those interested to call for tickets now as the whale watches usually sell out in advance.
Tickets are $55 for EAST members and $65 for non-members and can be purchased on St. Thomas from Dockside Book Store in Havensight and East End Secretarial Services in Red Hook. On St. John, tickets can be purchased from Connections of St. John.
For details call 774-1837 or 344-9075.