The Mangroves essential to the Virgin Islands

South Jersey History & Adventures

The Mangroves of
St. John and the Caribbean

 

They are the mighty mighty mangroves, my friends!

I talk about these bad boys a lot. These guys are really special. Now, not sure if you ever noticed the stinky donkey dip in Coral Bay, St. John. It isn’t because of the trash bins my friends. The smell that smells like a rotten egg are actually from these Mangroves.

Now, these guys are extremely essential to our planet. They clean up the pollution that runs off and that often goes into these beautiful waters. Without these the water would be extremely polluted.

And they are disappearing. Fast.

The awful odor is from the bacteria that these folks have living on them and is part of the process of sucking up the pollution.

These are awesome plants. They adapt to salinity, coastal flooding, and are extremely diverse, yet very fragile.

So when you smell…

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