How Hermit Crabs Find Their Shells

How Hermit Crabs Find Their Shells

Posted on September 29, 2015

Ever wonder how a hermit crab finds its perfect shell? Some shells are too big and some are too small and pretty soon this becomes a retelling of Goldilocks. But several different species, both terrestrial and marine hermit crabs, have developed their own system of finding one that’s “just right.” How? They’ve been known to form vacancy chains as a way to exchange shells between them. It works like this. ...

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It's a Jazz Kind of Monday

It's a Jazz Kind of Monday

Posted on September 28, 2015

If St. Thomas was a jazz song which song it would be? “St. Thomas” is one of the most recognizable jazz songs from Sonny Rollins, who turned 85 years old earlier this month. Appearing on his 1956 album, Saxophone Colossus, the song has become a jazz standard. It’s been covered by numerous artists, painstakingly memorized by students learning the tenor sax, and has found its way onto movie soundtracks and even ...

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The Many, Many Health Benefits of Seawater

The Many, Many Health Benefits of Seawater

Posted on September 25, 2015

Swimming, floating, heck, even dipping your feet into salty seawater has so many health benefits, from your skin to your immune system to stress levels. It can clear ailments, soothe wounds, and absorb into your body, giving you vital elements like potassium, magnesium, and calcium. I once heard the German painter, Anselm Keifer, talk in an interview about how the chemical composition of seawater was the same as human blood, just without ...

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The Windmill at the Annaberg Plantation, St. John

The Windmill at the Annaberg Plantation, St. John

Posted on September 24, 2015

We’re so excited about one of our brand new tours to the Annaberg Plantation on St. John. Located in the Virgin Islands National Park, the old sugar mill ruins of the plantation overlook an exquisite view of turquoise waters. It certainly looks like paradise—the colors and the views are breathtaking—but the site also has a complicated history once you look a little deeper. ...

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St. Thomas Travelogue from 1936

St. Thomas Travelogue from 1936

Posted on June 10, 2015

Check out this travelogue film made in 1936 by the Department of the Interior. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Watching the footage, it’s fascinating to compare St. Thomas then and now. Learn a little bit about the history, culture, and influence of St. Thomas in the 1930’s and see how much is still just ...

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SUP - Standup Paddleboards

SUP - Standup Paddleboards

Posted on June 10, 2015

Standup Paddleboards are the newest craze that everyone is trying on St. Thomas and St. John. A vigorous watersport activity, standup paddleboards (or SUPs) are challenging and endlessly fun. Once you get the hang of it and get used to balancing, you can paddle around, grazing the surface of the water all day. Explore the beaches, race your friends on their SUP, or even do yoga on the water! Virgin Islands Ecotours offers ...

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