Snorkeling in the Virgin Islands: Worm Admiration

March 9, 2016

Snorkeling is one of our favorite things to do during a boat day in the Virgin Islands – there’s a reason why all of our boats come with snorkel gear!

There is so much to see and appreciate in our clear waters while snorkeling in the Virgin Islands. There are tropical fish, underwater rock formations, the coral reef, soft coral colonies, rays, worms and more! Wait, worms?

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A snorkeler at The Indians, BVI

Yes, worms. One of the things our clients enjoy seeing while snorkeling around our coral reefs look like a pretty soft coral or flower, but they are really worms.

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A feather worm decorates the reef in the Virgin Islands

They’re hidden close to the rock and old coral that form the base of our reef systems. They come in several colors and designs (flower, Christmas tree, etc).

Have you seen them while snorkeling with us?

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A Christmas Tree Worm

Now for the details: feather duster worms are sedentary marine polychaetes where the head is mostly concealed by feathery gills. The gills serve a double purpose. First, they collect food for the worm. Second, they are also covered in eyespots, so the worm knows when danger is near and can retreat into its tube. Don’t underestimate them, they retract back into the saftely of their tube very quickly! You can see them working in this video:

Now that you know a little more about what you’re seeing while snorkeling in the Virgin Islands,are you ready to book your next trip with us?

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A coral reef in the Virgin Islands

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