St Barts Marine Life & Wildlife – Saint Barthélemy
St Barts marine life
St Barts marine life is far better than the island’s wildlife. St Barts is home to the Lesser Antillean iguana but, sadly, not much else. There are uncontrolled goats that have overgrazed areas resulting in loss of habitat for birds, and also mongooses that have impacted on the bird population too.
Marine life in the waters of St Barts include whales, green turtles, loggerhead turtles, sea urchins, starfish, lion fish, eagle ray, stingray, hammerhead shark, reef shark, nurse sharks, and dolphins (rare). There are also spiny lobster, barracuda, tarpon, angelfish, eels, Bahama grouper, French angels, Queen angels, sergeant majors, spotted morays, hogfish, spotted drum…
St Barts birds
Around 80 species of birds have been recorded on the island. These include the brown booby, tern (royal, common), small numbers of migratory and resident water birds (six species), the Antillean crested hummingbird, Lesser Antillean bullfinch, Caribbean elaenia, sooty-terns, bridled terns, the brown noddy, red-billed tropicbirds, white-tailed tropicbirds, brown pelican and laughing gull. To find out more about birds in the Caribbean region generally, go to the Caribbean Birdwatching & Birds page in the Caribbean Leisure Activities section.
Caribbean wildlife books
If Caribbean wildlife in general, as well as St Barts marine life and wildlife, is of interest to you, you will probably enjoy our Caribbean Book Reviews section as we have reviewed several Caribbean wildlife books.
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