Author Archives: Vardhan Patankar

About Vardhan Patankar

I pursue reef and marine mammal related research with a critical eye and a fine-tuned appreciation for weirdness. I am particularly fascinated by marine life that exists within coral reefs, but observes life outside the reefs with just as much wonder and amazement.

A day at ANET field station

This year, a summer intern from IISER Tirupati, Narola Harsh helped me with my fieldwork. Despite having an interest in physics, he somehow landed at ANET field-base to assist me with my work. Harsh stayed at ANET for 20 days. This … Continue reading

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Capturing the Eye of a Crocodile Fish

“Beauty lies in the beholder’s eyes. Behold these eyes and thou shall recognise, The crystalline lattices of constellations to adore, Mirrored in the eyes of the piscivore.” The shallow sea flattens. Slowly, you descend and in the hustle-bustle of the … Continue reading

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Case for coexistence between humans and crocodiles

An edited version of this story first appeared in Down to Earth in December issue. Vardhan Patankar & Vrushal Pendharkar Away from the shores of mainland India, an unusual conflict has been unraveling in the picturesque islands of Andamans and … Continue reading

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Is there a future for the wetland birds of Sippighat in South Andamans?

Zoya Tyabji & Vardhan Patankar An edited version of this story first appeared in Down to Earth Mixed flocks of birds glide contently through the wetland waters of Sippighat, their feathers glinting in the sunlight. Some fluffing, basking under the … Continue reading

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‘Live like you have a hundred years more to go: B.F. Chhapgar’.

As I walk into Cusrow Baug, ripples of sound from a piano, a guitar and a clock’s chimes all float through the air over the parked vintage cars and bikes. Old couples stand in their balconies, staring into infinity in … Continue reading

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The Bay Island Lizard: My Work Companions

I sleep in a comfortable machan style cottage, with a tin roof overhead and wooden chatai windows and walls that open on all sides. A dozen or so areca nut trees, a few bamboo groves and various native trees surround … Continue reading

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Jewels of the seabed

Edited version: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/jewels-of-the-seabed/article7758383.ece If you dive deep into the oceans, you could be treated to a view of colourful sea slugs. While you admire the patterns and hues, be informed – the colours are their armours. Enchanting to anyone who dives … Continue reading

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