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Shark Eyes

Happy shark week everyone!! Sharks are a beautiful sight to behold but can they see how beautiful the world around them is? In studies of sharks eyes it was found that most sharks have excellent vision and have both rods and cones in their eyes like us. Rods enable them to see light and dark…

Why I Love My Job at Coral World Ocean Park by Vance Mcclellan

coral world vanceMy time on the island is enhanced by the opportunities associated with working at Coral World!  I moved to the islands specifically to spend more time scuba diving.  Working with Sea Trek lets me do just that, I dive every day! Submerging underwater with Sea…

We Are Very Proud of Our Efforts to Rehabilitate Sea Turtles

coral world rehabAt Coral World Ocean Park there are rehabilitation facilities for all kinds of animals. We do our best to nurse back to health sick or injured sea birds, freshwater turtles, and, most importantly, sea turtles. If concerned citizens of the Virgin Islands see a turtle that…

Understanding the Sea Lion Global Distribution

St. Thomas is home to all kinds of marine wildlife. If you visit one of our beaches, you may see fish, reef sharks, turtles, stingrays, or bottlenose dolphins. What you will not see are sea lions. There are no sea lions in the Caribbean, other than the four South American sea lions living at Coral…

What Type of Parrotfish Are You?

coral world parrotfishWhat type of Parrotfish are you? Some of the most beautiful fish you can see on a Caribbean coral reef are parrotfish. There are several different species we commonly see, including the Princess Parrotfish (Scarus taenopterus), the Stoplight Parrotfish (Sparisoma viride), and the Redband Parrotfish…

Importance of the Long Spine Black Urchin

Divers and beachgoers alike have long lamented over the nuisance of sea urchins. coral world urchinTheir long, skin-piercing spines can cause great discomfort if stepped on or touched, and their spiky appearance makes them seem pretty uninviting. They may seem scary and troublesome, don’t let their reputation fool…

Sea Lion Participate in Blood Draw

At Coral World, our sea lions participate in their own health care. One of the most important health-related, or “husbandry,” behaviors they perform is a voluntary blood draw. Drawing blood is extremely beneficial to the sea lions’ veterinary staff, just as it is to any person’s doctor. By analyzing an animal’s blood, trainers can proactively…