Category Archives: Underwater

Tracking the trajectory of coral reefs in the Andaman Islands

An edited version of this article was first published in the Hornbill, Bombay Natural History Society Magazine, April-June, 42-45. Corals are some of the simplest, yet most complex organisms on the planet. Primitive, yet amazingly modern. Smaller than a size … Continue reading

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Ghosts of the sea—lost nets that kill marine life

A by-product of fishing industry– lost or abandon nets also referred to as ghost nets are as deadly as their name implies. Drifting with highs and lows of the ocean currents, they often become tangled together with ropes, buoys and … Continue reading

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Of butterflyfish and angelfish and their distribution

In our recent paper, just out of the oven, we make a case that latitude and live coral independently determine the species richness of butterflyfish and angelfish communities in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The idea for this paper started … 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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What are they doing down there?

Edited version published in Sanctuary Asia February 2015. http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/conservation/field-reports/9891-marine-meadows-following-the-feeding-trail-of-the-dugong.html Vardhan Patankar & Elrika D’Souza Living on the edge: dugongs prefer to feed repeatedly on seagrass meadows that are sparsely distributed Dugong ordinarily comes into view only briefly, when they part … Continue reading

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Fancy sea fan

Edited version: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/fancy-sea-fan/article6720483.ece I am a big fan of sea fans! Why won’t anyone be, considering their wonderful shapes and colours? They are found amongst the reefs of the Indo-Pacific oceans, and make some of the most beautiful underwater sights. … Continue reading

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A day in the life of a butterfly fish

The reef that day was filled with plankton. Butterflyfishes drifted through, occasionally stopping to nibble on bits of coral. They were like a school of miniature art models with their protruding mouths and vivid and abstract colours. The warm water … Continue reading

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