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St. John Marine Life: Cave Coral & Sponges

St. John USVI Marine Life: orange cup coral
Close up of orange cup coral

The shaded environment within caves and under ledges often supports colorful corals and sponges. These photos were taken just inside the entrance to a cave. With the yellow polyps extended, the corals take on the appearance of flowers and because of this they are often referred to as flower corals.

Cup coaral
cup corals on cave wall

cave entrance


St. John News

Police Investigate Suspicious Death
By Source staff — January 19, 2014

St. John Deputy Police Chief Maria Jones confirmed Sunday that police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred at an apartment on Boatman Road.

Dispatchers at the 911 emergency call center notified police of the case at 9:55 a.m. Sunday.

The male victim was found dead in his apartment, according to the deputy chief reported. Detectives from Major Crime and the Criminal Investigation Bureau are investigating the case. Forensic agents were processing the scene. There was no indication from the police about what might have caused the death.

The name of the deceased was not released by authorities.

The investigators urged anyone with any information about the death to call them at 1-340-714-9834 or 1-340-715-5522, or through the 911 emergency call center or the anonymous tip service, Crimes Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 81. East wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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St. John Snorkels: Tektite

tektite snorkel cave
Dalti finds a cave at Tektite

Yesterday, we snorkeled at Tektite. We came by boat, but it is also possible to get there by land.

Although the coral reefs around St. John and in the Caribbean in general have suffered considerably in modern times, there’s still a lot of beauty to be enjoyed and the Tektite snorkel is a case in point.

For example, the coral encrustations on the rock walls still have brightly colored orange cup corals, sponges and other invertebrates.

 rock wall at tektite  sponge on tektite rock wall cup coral

Nurse SharkWe also saw lots of fish and cool creatures like this nurse shark and the little camera shy lobster that stayed hiding in it’s little hole in the reef.

We found two caves; one as shown in the above photo and another one further east. It was a really beautiful day, clear blue skies with passing rain squall adding a dramatic effect.

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