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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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A THOUSAND LEOPARDS IN THE SEA…

RUCHA KARKAREY AND VARDHAN PATANKAR Edited version published in The Hindu School Can you imagine seeing a thousand leopards in a forest patch, the size of a football field? As you make your way through the forest thicket, you are … 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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Mirage

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 … Continue reading

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The passing bubble

VARDHAN PATANKAR The day was bright and the water was transparent as thin air. I was on one of the most remote island on planet, Tillangchong Island.  I set my dive gear, camera and got ready to glide over colourful … Continue reading

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