St. Thomas, Virgin Islands is a 26-square mile gem of a Caribbean island that has attracted tens of millions of tourists and adventurers. They come to sample our crystal clear waters and massive diversity of benthic wildlife. Our shores are abuzz with exotic life that drives the local economy.
Ironically, most Virgin Islanders go their entire lives without experiencing even a fraction of the marine beauty we share with the world. As such they are not in a position to readily notice how behaviors and actions, both locally and worldwide, are contributing to the degradation of island water habitats.
Antonio and Sumaiyah have spent the 2016-2017 school year reporting on, and participating in, shoreline clean-ups and environmental education activities. Now it is time for Antonio and Sumaiyah to experience first-hand the hidden underwater world whose choices for use and preservation we are handing-off to their generation.
The ocean naturally recycles itself. In the Virgin Islands we recognize that fact and have made it illegal to remove natural objects from beaches and shorelines. This includes seashells, coral, natural drift wood, seaweed, pebbles, sand, etc. If it belongs there, leave it there.
~ Longspine squirrelfish – Holocentus rufus
*Any alteration to shoreline, no matter how small, requires a permit. Inquire at the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources.*
Tourists visit St. Thomas to relax for a while. To unwind.
Our environment does this for them.
Ironically, as residents we do not often get to sit back, take a deep breath and enjoy the submarine beauty of our islands. There is simply something beneficial and healing about spending a few minutes meditating on the awesomeness of a hidden world so close to us, yet rarely seen.
Immerse yourself in our special musical relaxation and mediation reel showing hundred of species of St. Thomas’ marine life. Let it soothe your soul and wash the day’s stress away.