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St. John Snorkels: Seagrass Creatures

Snorkeling the St. John Seagrass

Although most snorkelers head immediately out to the reef, there’s really a lot of cool stuff to be seen right off the beach in a sand and seagrass environment.

St John seagrass snorkel: conch
Conch

St. John Seagrass Snorkel: Sea Cucumber
Sea Cucumber

St. John Seagrass Snorkel: Sting Ray
Southern Sting Ray

St. John Snorkel: Trunk Fish
Trunkfish

St John Seagrass Snorkel: Starfish
Starfish

St. John Seagrass Snorkel: Sea Turtle
Green Turtle

St. John News

St. John’s own, Mimi Roller, finished in second place at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association’s Singlehanded National Championship Regatta in Long Beach, Calif.

ST. THOMAS – Mimi Roller’s busy schedule is paying off.

The St. John native and 2012 Virgin Islands Olympian has been sailing in regattas every weekend this year and the routine has led to yet another major accomplishment for the college senior. Read more from the Virgin Islands Daily News

Photos by Ed Gibney

Ed Gibney’s Islands and Cays Photos are always a treat. They certainly are unique as I don’t know anyone else who has landed on these islands, explored and photographed them.
See Ed’s Awesome Photos

Cool St. John Photos from Florida Photographer

See Tropical Trippical and In the Wild, by Tripp Vetrone

St. John Live Music Schedule – Saturday 11/10

Castaways
Mikey P at 9:00
Dance Party at 11:00
777-3316

Cruz Bay Prime
Mark Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

 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

 Skinnylegs
Treehouse
6:00 – 9:30
779-4982

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St John Marine Life: Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas

green turtle
Green Turtle, Leinster Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands

When you look at a green turtle swimming about, one of the first things you may notice is that they are not green, but rather brownish in color. Their name comes from the green color of the layer of fat lying under their shells. Green turtles can get quite large, the biggest one ever found had a shell five feet long and weighed 871 pounds. Unlike many other species of turtles, green turtles cannot pull their heads back into their shells. Adult sea turtles are vegetarians eating mostly sea grass and algae, but the babies will eat small crabs, sponges and jellyfish. They mate in shallow water near the beach every two to four years and using their flippers, they dig a hole in the sand, where they lay their eggs. They then cover up the eggs with sand and return to the sea. When the eggs hatch the babies make the short but dangerous trip back to the sea. Those that survive the onslaught of predators like seagulls and crabs may live to be 100 years old.

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