Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park via Crowdrise
April 12, 2012
In the last few months, the waters of St. John, USVI and Virgin Islands National Park have been graced by several Manta Rays, the largest having a wingspan of nearly 7 feet. These gentle giants have not been in residence for a very long time, and seem to have taken a liking to our waters. They have become quite the attraction at a number of local beaches, seeming to enjoy all the attention. However, we need to increase awareness about protecting these, and other marine life, from being "loved" too much. Mantas have a protective mucus layer over their bodies. By touching or petting them, this layer gets removed and the mantas become susceptible to disease. Visitors, locals and concerned conservation citizens have asked the NPS and Friends of VI National Park to post signs cautioning people not to touch the mantas, and other marine life. In honor of Earth Day, please help us raise the funds necessary to create and install signs at the most visited park beaches.