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Coral Reef Sunscreen

Coral Reefs

Did you know that every time you put on SUNSCREEN, and go snorkeling, diving, or swimming, you are killing coral reefs and juvenile fish? The next time you head to the beach for a refreshing time in the water, remember to use sunscreen but be aware that although sunscreen helps to protect our skin from…

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Zooxanthellae and Corals

Coral ReefsOutreach and Education

Corals are colonies of tiny animals that live in warm, shallow waters. Over thousands of years, coral colonies grow and form coral reefs. However, the animals cannot do this alone. They need the help of zooxanthellae. coral world rosecoralZooxanthellae are single-celled algae that live in the coral’s tissues….

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Importance of the Long Spine Black Urchin

Coral ReefsFun FactsMarine GardensMarine LifeOutreach and Education

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…

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The Nature Conservancy Coral Tree Nursery

Coral ReefsMarine GardensThe Nature Conservancy

coral world treeThis week, scientists from The Nature Conservancy will be transplanting nursery-grown staghorn corals to the reef around the Underwater Observation Tower at Coral World.  The Nature Conservancy maintains six coral nurseries in the USVI containing both staghorn and elkhorn corals.  Each year, corals from these nurseries are transplanted…

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Second Annual Reef Renaissance Film Festival a Complete Success

Coral Reefs

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Respect the Reef Project — Protecting our Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs

Fish around Coral World St ThomasThe Respect the Reef project was started by Ric Dilz to help create awareness about our oceans’ coral reefs. They raise funds through product sales as well as donations from patrons for reef research and education. Ocean reefs are vital to the…

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