Coral World Ocean Park
Activities, Natural sights
Coral World is a marine park located on the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The ocean park consists of an open-water system where water flows through each of the exhibits and back out to the ocean. Exhibits include the Caribbean Reef Encounter an 80,000 gallon circular tank open at the top for the natural elements to filter in. Marine Gardens which has 21 smaller tanks displaying ocean life in the Caribbean. Shark Shallows a nursery for adolescent sharks. A stingray pool where guests can feed the stingray after the presentation. Two turtle pools with rescued sea turtles. A touch pool with sea stars, couch, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers and sea urchins. The lorikeet aviary where you can feed lorikeets. A sea lion show that is held twice daily in Marine Gardens. And an Underwater Observatory Tower that goes down 20 feet under the ocean with windows for looking and watching ocean life in its natural habit. Gift shops and restaurants are also on site.
Coral World was inaugurated in the 1970s. It has been one of St. Thomas' most important tourist attractions since then. In September 1998, workers at Coral World began to breed seahorses. In 2000, the park was awarded the EPA Environmental Quality Award.