Tag Archives: Dugong

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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Dugongs in the Andaman Islands – A Saga

Our love, passion, appreciation and realization of the importance of our surrounding environment and wildlife have resulted in actions to safeguard our environment. We often take it for granted that, the Forest Department and NGO’s, albeit inefficient, are protecting our … Continue reading

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On a psychedelic trip

Edited version published in the Hindu School section http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/article3886846.ece A beautiful morning sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea. About a mile from the shore a fishing boat chugged the water towards us. It was Yoayelas boat, our … Continue reading

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A Glimmer of Hope for Dugong Conservation in India

VARDHAN PATANKAR Edited version published in Down to Earth http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/no-mermaid-fairytale ‘A loud oooooph was heard as the giant surfaced, the sound loud enough to capture the attention of people sprawled across the shoreline. All eyes on the shore gazed in the direction … Continue reading

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Sawda glances aloft, then seaward, then aloft again. ” Is that a fish or a dolphin?” Abeam of us, about fifty meters away, something surfaces.  Was it a turtle?”– Saw Sawda We wait for a while. On looking closer we … Continue reading

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