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The waters around the British Virgin Islands are home to an abundance of corals, fishes, sharks, dolphins, turtles, crustaceans and a multitude of other marine life. The underwater world is truly magnificent and awesome; below you will find just a few examples of the animals that you might see while snorkeling or diving in the British Virgin Islands.
There are over 400 reef associated or inshore ranging fish around the Virgin Islands. Some of these fish include; barracuda, snapper, hamlets, French grunts, parrotfish, filefish, surgeon fish, squirrel fish, soldier fish, fairy basslet, hawk fish, hog fish, spotted drum, spotted butterfly fish, blue chromis, damselfish, Creole wrasse, goby, porcupine fish among many many others.
Parrotfish are a colorful fish. The jaw teeth are fused into a parrot-like beak, which they use for scraping algae and coral growth from reefs. It is not unusual to hear parrot fish munching on coral while you are snorkeling above them.
Barracuda are identifiable by their long, silver, cylindrical bodies.