• View of Virgin Islands Coral National Monument at Hurricane Hole.

    Virgin Islands Coral Reef

    National Monument Virgin Islands

Nature & Science

The Monument is home to a variety of habitats, including mangroves and seagrass beds, algal plains, and coral reefs. These habitats serve as important nursery areas for fish and other marine life.

View a slideshow of mangroves, corals, and fish in Hurricane Hole, courtesy of the United States Geological Survey.

Corals growing on and around the prop roots of mangroves in the Monument have recently drawn the attention of scientists. Investigators are interested in knowing the origins of these coral colonies and the environmental factors that affect them.

High diversity and abundance of scleractinian corals growing on and near mangrove prop roots, St. John, US Virgin Islands pdf 175kb