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    National Park Virgin Islands

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Online Snorkel Trip: Fish & Turtles

view across the surface of turquoise-colored, tropical marine water
Welcome to Virgin Islands National Park!  This is one of our two Online Snorkel Trips.  This Trip offers views of some of the Park's common marine fish and sea turtles, animals with backbones.  We also offer OST: Corals, Sponges and Creepy Crawlies; see link below.  Try one Trip first; if you still feel like swimming, go on the second one.  When you've completed either or both, you can award yourself the Virgin Islands National Park SOS Snorkeler Certificate!  If you come to the Park, bring your Certificate; we'll be proud to see it! 
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Let's get started! You might want to begin with OST: Corals, Sponges & Creepy Crawlies. Otherwise, with your mask, snorkel and fins on, "swim" into this beautiful ocean water at the Park. As you look through your mask, you can see sooooo clearly. Look at the school of fish at station #1.

 

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".