THE WILD AND THE WONDERFUL

With St Lucia having such a rich and providing eco-system and incredibly varied terrain, it is no surprise that the wildlife there is as exotic as it’s inherent lifestyle! From the small crawlers to the weird and wonderful walkers, your visit to St Lucia can be guaranteed to open your eyes to the unbelievable natural spectaculars that the Caribbean has to offer.
There are many organised wildlife tours on the island that can provide you with a local insight into the plethora of flora and fauna that are worth seeing, but you can also easily keep your eyes peeled for some of the local inhabitants. Make sure to check out the following ‘residents’ on your visit

WEST INDIAN MANATEES

The West Indian manatee is surprisingly agile in water, and individuals have been seen doing rolls, somersaults, and even swimming upside-down. Manatees feed on about 60 plant species, which includes sea grasses as their major food source. They also consume some fish and small invertebrates.
BATS
Jamaican fruit bats are generally light brown or gray in color, with silver highlights. Their faces feature four distinct stripes, their ears are very pointed, and they have no external tails.
WHALES, DOLPHINS AND PORPOISES
In St Lucia there are many resident pods as well as migratory ones, so you stand a pretty good chance of a sighting on nearly every trip. There are 33 species of whales and dolphins and over 20 live in and visit the waters. The species that are most commonly sighted are pilot whales, sperm whales, humpbacks and false Orcas.
SEA TURTLES
Seven species of sea turtle occur around the world. Of these, three species (possibly four) occur in the seas around St Lucia. These are the Green Turtle, the Hawksbill Turtle and the Leatherback turtle, (and the Loggerhead Turtle). Sea turtles spend most of their lives in the ocean although the females come up every year to lay their eggs on the island’s sandy beaches.
IGUANAS AND LIZARDS
The Iguana grows up to six feet in length, about half of this being a strong whip-like tail. If surprised in the top of a tree, it may escape by crashing to the ground and running off. They also are excellent swimmers.
PARROTS
The St. Lucia Parrot, or Jacquot, is found only on the island of St. Lucia in the West Indies where it lives in the central mountain rainforest.  In the darkness of the forest, their feathers appear dull and the parrots blend into their leafy world. But when the sunlight shines on their feathers, they display a brilliant pallet of red, green and blue.

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