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.

An Island Life for me

Part writer. Part mermaid. Sitara is always on the lookout for portals to other worlds where all the fun stuff like magic and dragons exist. This is her account of an island life. Guest post by Sitara Hussain Ever since … Continue reading

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I found an obese sea star!

Well, maybe not the fattest individual, but definitely abnormal. I have never seen such fat individual of any species in the wild. If you don’t believe me take a look at this fat sea star. Yeah, that’s right, get into … Continue reading

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Influence of singer on you

One of my more irrational fears is that, someday, one day, maybe on Monday I will get delusional and forget all the memories I have made. The thought alone terrifies me, but even in my seemingly ludicrous anxiety, one thing … Continue reading

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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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