Buck Island Reef National Monument

Buck Island Reef National Monument

Nature & Wildlife in Buck Island Reef

Animals

Animals Sea Turtles The Virgin Islands provide critical nesting, foraging, and developmental habitat for three species of sea turtle, the leatherback (Dermochelys coriacae) and hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) both endangered species, and the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), a threatened species. Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) are transitory and only occasionally seen ...

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Geology

Natural Features & Ecosystems Buck Island's Barrier Reef's underwater scene taxes human perceptions with the abundant variety of shape, patter, color, texture, and movement. It's barrier reef ranks among the Caribbean's best. It's thick branching elkhorn corals push their sheer mass to 30-foot heights. Like fortress walls corals rise ...

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Plants

Plants The vegetative appearance of Buck Island has changed drastically due to clear-cutting in the 1760’s, to obtain lignumvitae and other tropical hardwoods for export, and due to the introduction of plants, such as tan-tan, tamarind, and coconut palms, and domestic animals, such as goats. The tropical dry forest of Buck ...

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