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    National Park Virgin Islands

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Online Snorkel Trip: Corals, Sponges and Creepy Crawlies

turquoise-colored seawater, with shallow depths in the forground, transitioning to greater depths in the background
Welcome to Virgin Islands National Park!  This is one of our two Online Snorkel Trips.  If you choose to go snorkeling on this trip, you'll swim from Station A to L, and see some of our more common corals, sponges and other invertebrates, meaning animals without backbones.  You could also enjoy our other Online Snorkel Trip about Fish & Turtles (see link below.)  Why not snorkel both?!  When you've completed either one or both, you can award yourself the Virgin Islands National Park SOS Snorkeling Certificate!
You could swim over to the Online Snorkel Trip: Fish & Turtles, or join us right now for the OST: Corals, Sponges & Creepy Crawlies. Heeeeeeeeere we go; onto Station A!

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Did You Know?

Turpentine trees, locally called Gumbo Limbo are found throughout the Island, but mostly in dryer forest.

This unusual-looking tree found in dry forest areas has a reddish, peeling bark. The leaves and sap smell like turpentine and have many medicinal properties, but it is the peeling bark that gives the tree its nickname – "Tourist Tree".