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French Grunts

a school of French Grunts swimming in front of soft coral
STATION #1: The school of fish in the foreground looking at you are French Grunts (Haemulon flavolineatum).  The name "Grunt" comes from the kind of sound these fish make.  Try and imagine you can hear them underwater!

You can see a kind of "soft coral" called a sea plume in the background, and the small, black-and-white-striped fish behind them are Sargeant Majors (Abudefduf saxatilis.)
Caroline Rogers
 
Hope you enjoyed seeing all these French Grunts! Swim onto station #2.

Did You Know?

Fruits from the Machineel tree that grows along the coastine on St. John.

The Machineel tree, found along the coast, produces crab apple-like fruit that is poisonous. While the fruit is deadly [as Columbus’ men reportedly found out in 1493 when visiting the island], even sap from the Machineel tree can cause an irritating skin rash. The tree is also called Death Apple.