Tag Archives: Andaman and Nicobar islands

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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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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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 unravelling in the picturesque islands of Andamans and … 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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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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The story of a child prodigy

February 8, 1997- May 15, 2013 The history of art is full of obscure but brilliant, people who never quite got their due, despite their immense talents. Oswald Yura is one such. A 16-year-old boy from a little-Known Island in … Continue reading

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