Cas Cay

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Cas Cay
Cas Cay, 2014.jpg
Cas Cay, 2014
Cas Cay is located in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Cas Cay
Cas Cay
Location in the Caribbean
Cas Cay is located in Caribbean
Cas Cay
Cas Cay
Cas Cay (Caribbean)
Geography
LocationCaribbean Sea
Coordinates18°18′25″N 64°51′55″W / 18.30694°N 64.86528°W / 18.30694; -64.86528Coordinates: 18°18′25″N 64°51′55″W / 18.30694°N 64.86528°W / 18.30694; -64.86528
Area50 acres (20 ha)
Administration
Federal DepartmentU.S. Department of the Interior
Federal AgencyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
CapitalWashington, D.C.
Largest settlementNew York City
PresidentDonald John Trump

Cas Cay is a fifty-acre (200,000-square-metre) undeveloped island, situated a mile south of Red Hook on the eastern side of Saint Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. It is under the protection of the Department of Natural Resources.[1][2] Ferries here depart from Compass Point Marina, right east of Nadir.[3] It is a tropical island, which has a hundred feet tall hill with bird species such as the Red-billed- and White-tailed tropicbird. It is also home to endemic plant species such as orchids, Tabebuia, gumbo-limbos, as well as the seagrape, manchineel and numerous mangroves. It is home to lizards such as anoles, ameiva and geckos.[4] The island has a high density of rats (Rattus rattus) as well.[5] It has a mangrove lagoon and is one of the largest mangrove areas in the Virgin Islands.[6] Besides the mangrove ecosystem, the wildlife sanctuary, the natural whirlpool and blowhole, many visit the island for recreational activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and bird watching.[7] The nearby Cas Cay-Mangrove Lagoon Marine Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Jersey Bay immediately north of Cas Cay.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sullivan, Lynne M. (2008). Adventure Guide Virgin Islands. Hunter Publishing, Inc. Page 84. ISBN 9781588435811.
  2. ^ Colón, Christina Paulette (2011). Frommer's Caribbean. John Wiley & Sons. Page 26. ISBN 9781118107348.
  3. ^ Greenberg, Harriet and Douglas (2006). The US Virgin Islands Alive!. Hunter Publishing, Inc. Page 68. ISBN 9781588435842.
  4. ^ Nellis, David W. (2000). Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands Wildlife Viewing Guide. Falcon. Page 74. ISBN 9781560448365.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Albert and Robert W. Henderson (1991). Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies: Descriptions, Distributions, and Natural History. University Press of Florida. Page 609. ISBN 9780813010496.
  6. ^ Spalding, Mark (2010). World Atlas of Mangroves. Routledge. Page 198. ISBN 9781136530968.
  7. ^ Showker, Kay and Mary Brennan (2008). Caribbean Ports of Call: Eastern and Southern Regions: A Guide for Today's Cruise Passengers. Globe Pequot. Page 73. ISBN 9780762745388.