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St. John Snorkeling: The Mangroves

Snorkeling The Mangroves

Mangrove Sea Life
You can snorkel right up to the mangroves. Don’t wear fins for this snorkel. Taking care not to kick up sediment, look inside the tangle of roots. You will be astounded by this vast nursery for tiny fish, such as miniature, blue tang, French grunts, yellowtail snapper, butterfly fish, jacks, damselfish, sergeant majors, parrotfish, old wife, fry and barracuda. The dense, shallow environment of the mangrove roots offers an exceptionally wide variety of baby fish safety from the appetites of larger fish as well as a thick soup of nutrients provided by the decay of mangrove leaves and twigs.

The more you look, the more you’ll see – small colorful corals and sponges encrusted to the mangrove roots, oysters, baby lobsters, shrimp, crabs, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and conchs. You may find it amusing to observe the tiny barracudas, some just an inch or two long, exhibiting the same fierce behavior as their larger counterparts, lying almost motionless in the water waiting for the opportunity to dart out and devour fish that are even tinier than themselves…. read more

St. John Events

Cultural Evening in the Park

A weekly changing showcase of cultural pageantry, dance and music highlighting the history of the islands through the arts. Under the supervision of Dr. Edie Bruce; musician, dancers and artists are performing every Friday night December through April at Cinnamon Bay, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Love City Live
Rockers All-White Beach Party at Cruz Bay, St. John beachfront. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. This ultra-sexy DJ beach event sets the tone for Love City Live!’s high-energy weekend. Attendees will be treated to complimentary Caribbean hors d’oeuvres, premium cash bars and an abundance of hot reggae tunes.

St. John Virgin Islands News

Campbell, Gaspar are Olympians from Virgin Islands
Verge to coach U.S. free-skiing team

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee announced this week that two skiers with Sun Valley ties, Jasmine Campbell and Veronica Gaspar, have been nominated to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in February.

On Monday the International Ski Federation (FIS) officially confirmed that Campbell, 22, formerly from St. John, Virgin Islands, met all qualification requirements to participate in two alpine skiing events, giant slalom and slalom, at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

She is the daughter of John Campbell, who represented the Virgin Islands in alpine skiing at the 1992 Winter Games in France. Jasmine along with parents John and Jen, and brothers Ryon and Ross, moved to Sun Valley when she was nine.

Jasmine Campbell came through the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation program and is currently training with the SVSEF in preparation for the Olympics.

Gaspar, 18, also from St. John, graduated from the Community School and Sun Valley Ski Academy in June 2013. Having been accepted to attend college at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Gas-par elected to take a year off and compile the necessary five FIS qualifying finishes to make the Olympics

Jewels of the Virgin Isles: Victor Provost
By Loán C. Sewer, Special to the Source — January 24, 2014

Jewels of the Virgin Isles is a feature series profiling Virgin Islanders in the diaspora who are excelling in their respective fields and/or positively representing the USVI abroad.

“There was no single moment that launched my career, simply a series of small steps, friendships and lots of hard work,” says Victor Provost, a master steel pan player from St. John who has turned his childhood passion of music into a full time profession.

Provost is a Virgin Islands ambassador, sharing his pride and cultural heritage with audiences around the world, but he always makes time to go back to his source, the Virgin Islands community…. Read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30

Beach Bar
Don Dilego & Bree Sharp

Mikey P
Dance Party

High Tide
Mikey P
7:00 ish

Inn at Tamarind Court
Chris Klein & the Boulevards

Island Blues
Brother Nature

Morgan’s Mango
6:30 – 9:30

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
Plus Comedian Tim Hofmann!
6:00 – 9:00

James Milne
5:00 – 8:00

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. East northeast wind 17 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Environments: Mangroves

St. John Virgin Islands Environment: mangroves
Red Mangrove

The term mangrove loosely describes those tropical trees or shrubs that are specially adapted to grow in salty, wet and muddy environments, such as the shallow waters of calm bays, the periphery of salt ponds, and within marshes and wetlands that are exposed to flooding and salt water intrusion.

red mangrove seedling
Red Mangrove Seedling

white mangrove leaf and flower
White Mangrove Leaf and Flower

white mangrove salt glands
White Mangrove Salt Glands

Red Mangrove
The red mangrove proliferates along the shorelines of shallow calm bays, both on the muddy shore and in the water itself. The red is the classic mangrove characterized by its numerous arch-shaped roots that start at the base of the tree and arch out and down into the water and mud. It also has distinctive seeds that at maturity look something like foot-long red pencils, which emerge prominently from the center of the mangrove’s leaf clusters.

Black Mangrove
The black mangrove, Avicennia germinans, is easily identified by little sticks, called pneumatophores, coming out of the mud around its trunk. These are actually part of the black mangrove’s roots and serve two purposes. Most importantly, they act like snorkels bringing fresh air to the majority of the root that exists in the oxygen-depleted environment underwater and underground. Secondly, the pneumatophores help to anchor the black mangrove to its tenuous foundation of loose mud. The red mangrove’s lenticles and the black’s pneumatophores are extremely sensitive to greasy contaminants, which can clog up the openings. They are, therefore, at particular risk from oil spills.

The black mangrove is less tolerant of salt than is the red and cannot live its entire life in salt water. It is, therefore, usually found behind the red mangrove or on the shore side of salt ponds or marshes. Like the red, this mangrove excludes salt at the roots, but at a 90% efficiency instead of the 99% capability of the red. The salt that enters the black mangrove tissues is excreted by salt glands on the upper surface of the leaves. If you hold a black mangrove leaf up to the sunlight, you will see the salt crystals on the leaf.

White Mangrove
The white mangrove, Laguncularia racemosa, is the least salt-tolerant of the three mangrove varieties and cannot withstand prolonged periods in flooded conditions. For this reason white mangroves are usually found on drier land than are its red and black cousins. On St. John white mangroves are particularly plentiful around the edge of salt ponds and along guts where they open to the sea.

The white mangrove, like the black, excretes salt from its leaves. It does so through salt glands that occur in pairs on the stem just below each leaf. These glands look like two raised bumps and provide a good way to identify the white mangrove…. read more about mangroves

St. John Events

St. John Film presents a very special evening you won’t want to miss!
TONIGHT – TUESDAY, JAN 7, 2014 – St John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay 7:30 pm

Please join us for a selection of short, painfully funny films from the early Women’s Liberation Movement.

EARLY WOMEN’S LIB FILMS – Julia Reichert: Visiting Filmmaker will help place these archival films in context.

st john film societyGrowing Up Female Jim Klein, Julia Reichert | 1971 | USA | 50 min
Widely recognized as the first feature film to come out of the modern women’s movement, Julia Reichert’s landmark documentary “Growing Up Female” follows six girls and six women living in Middle America and gives voice to their powerlessness over imposing institutional forces. Recently inducted into the National Film Registry.

Make Out Geri Ashur, Andrea Eagan | 1970 | USA | 5 min.
“Make Out” shows a young couple making out in a car while a voice over reveals the young woman’s real thoughts about what is happening.

Up Against the Wall Miss America Newsreel Group | 1968 | USA | 8 min.
A now-historical film about the disruption of the Miss America pageant of 1968, with raps, guerrilla theater, and original songs.

Anything You Want to Be Liane Brandon | 1971 | USA | 8 min.
A teenager’s humorous collision with sex-role stereotypes.

Julia Reichert was nominated three times for the Academy Award for her documentary work and is winner of the Primetime Emmy Award. She has directed both documentary and fiction features. Her films have screened in major film festivals worldwide, including Sundance, New York, Telluride, Cannes and Rotterdam. Her first five documentaries were all broadcast on national PBS. GROWING UP FEMALE, which was her student project at Antioch College, was recently named to the National Film Registry. Her films have screened theatrically around the U.S., playing in over 100 cities, and internationally in theaters and television in dozens of countries. She is a proud co-founder of the distribution co-op, New Day Films, a founder of the Independent Feature Project, a professor of film production at Wright State University, a mom and a grandma.

Visit our website: www.stjohnfilm.com to find a list of recommended independent films that we purchased for the Elaine Sprauve Public Library on St. John. We recommend you check out a related film entitled “BODY TYPED”, a series of 3 short films about women’s body image.

St. John Virgin Islands Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. East wind around 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

St. John News

AT&T surges past 500 market mark with 26 new LTE rollouts
7 Jan 2014

US mobile giant AT&T Mobility has extended its nationwide LTE network to 26 new markets, raising its total number of markets served to more than 500. Alongside the likes of Battle Creek (Michigan), Hannibal (Missouri), Poughkeepsie (New York), Lebanon (Pennsylvania) and Walla Walla (Washington), coverage has also been extended to St John in the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

TeleGeography notes that, while AT&T is now able to match rival Verizon in terms of 4G markets served, it lacks the same level of population coverage, reflecting the market leader’s willingness to reach outside of a city to cover its surrounding areas. AT&T purports to cover around 270 million people with its networks, while Verizon covers around 301 million US citizens.

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Mangrove Snorkel

Mangrove Snorkel at Hurricane Hole, St. John, Virgin Islands (USVI)

St. John Snorkeling: Water Creek
Water Creek, Hurricane Hole

It’s been sometime since I’ve snorkeled the mangroves at Hurricane Hole and I was pleasantly surprised at how little has changed since my last visit. The coral was still healthy, the sponges colorful, the fish plentiful. The above video and still photos were taken at the little indented bay within a bay at Water Creek at Hurricane Hole.

St. John Snorkeling: Mangrove fringe Forest
Mangroves Fringe Forest

The three bays within St. John’s Hurricane Hole, Water Creek, Otter Creek and Princess Bay all offer excellent opportunities to snorkel along a mangrove fringe forest in very comfortable conditions.

Mangrove Snorkel Water Creek, St. John

Brain Coral




Pink Sponge

Red Sponge

Sea Cucumber

“Effect on Divers: When disturbed display bristles, which can easily penetrate and break off in skin, causing a painful burning sensation and irritating wound.”
Reef Creature Identification, by Paul Human
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