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Fishing Tackle Threatens Wildlife

Last week, our veterinary technician, Erica Palmer, tried desperately to save a beautiful Magnificent frigatebird that was found stranded on-shore, weak and unable to fly. This young female received immediate emergency care and radiographs were obtained to assess for internal damage. Radiographs revealed a 3-pronged fish hook lodged in the bird’s esophagus, along with metal…

Peregrine Falcon Rescue

Contact:          Erica Palmer, Veterinary Technician                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone:             (340) 690-5551 Email:             [email protected] THOMAS, Virgin Islands – March 29, 2019  Coral World Ocean Park Rescues a Peregrine Falcon On December 28th, 2018, a member of the community found a very weak young,…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Latisha Ellison [email protected] 312-558-1770   Coral World Ocean Park Welcomes Four Dolphins to First-of-its-Kind St. Thomas Sea Sanctuary Dolphins will live in a natural ocean setting at Coral World ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands—Feb. 20, 2019— Coral World Ocean Park welcomed four Atlantic bottlenose dolphins to their new home…

The Coral World UVI Connection

Valissa M. Hodge, Office/Human Resources Manager The color purple is often associated with intelligence and sophistication, power and a sharp eye for detail. So, we are not surprised that purple is the very favorite color of our very own Valissa M. Hodge. Coral World’s Human Resources extraordinaire. Born and raised on the island of St….

“Fragments of Opportunity”

St. Thomas native Logan Michelle William’s love affair with coral began when she was two years old, snorkeling the waters of St. Thomas with her father. “I grew up here, born and raised,” said Williams, education outreach coordinator at Coral World. “Being able to dive and see these incredible organisms in this amazing ecosystem just really shaped me as a child. That’s where my passion started.” That passion didn’t quite crystallize until she took a marine biology class as a senior at Antilles School. The class took her back to the waters over the reefs of her childhood, right after the 2005 bleaching event that wiped out up to 90 percent of coral in some areas of the island. “We went snorkeling and I saw that devastation and it completely changed my whole life,” she recalled. “After that moment, I…

MEET DYLAN GOETZ

Hi. My name is Dylan Goetz and I am from Augusta, Georgia. I studied biology at the University of Georgia. GO DAWGS! I moved to St. Thomas in September 2018 from St. Augustine, Florida, to help start the dolphin program here at Coral World. I’m very excited about the opportunity to work in the beautiful…

Meet Matt Tartaglio

Meet Matt Tartaglio, General Assistant Curator My name is Matt Tartaglio and I am from Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. I grew up and went to school in Malvern and attended Millersville University. I graduated with a Major in Fine Art with an emphasis on stone lithography, printmaking and graphics. I have two younger brothers…

When freshwater meets seawater

According to the local newspaper, much of the U.S. Virgin Islands territory shut down on November 8 due to severe thunderstorms that brought torrential flooding.  The flooding was so severe that Government and schools closed throughout the territory.  As seen from aerial photos and local video from around the islands, the rain event caused lots…

St Croix Rescued female Hawksbill sea turtle taken to Coral World for rehabilitation

A critically endangered 120 pound Hawksbill sea turtle was rescued from Shoy’s Beach, St. Croix on Thursday, October 11. The preliminary examination conducted by Dr. Michelle Mehalick at the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, indicated the turtle sustained an injury to the right rear flipper and appeared very lethargic.   On Saturday, October 13, the turtle was transported via ferry to St. Thomas by National Park Service interns with the help of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Our Vet Tech, Erica Palmer, met them at the dock and immediately went into action administering antibiotics and fluids. This very old Hawksbill was diagnosed with pneumonia and a broken flipper, among a few other things. After her evaluation, she was placed in a holding tank here at Coral World where she is constantly monitored and cared for. Animals do not typically strand…

Meet Jacqueline in our Accounts Payable Department.

1. What is your name and where are you from? Jacqueline Joseph 2. How did you end up working at Coral World ? I was looking for a cashier job and came across a job ad in the Daily News paper 3. What is your favorite job to do at work? Accounting Duties – Payroll/ Payables –…

Meet Jan-Alexis Barry on the Coral World Aquarist Staff

Meet the Coral World Team Jan-Alexis Barry     What is your name and where are you from? Jan-Alexis Barry, St. Thomas USVI. I went to Charlotte Amalie High School and am currently a Masters student at UVI.   How did you end up working at Coral World? My previous job was a biology tutor…

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