Tag Archives: Underwater

ISLAND ADVENTURES

Tanvi Vaidyanathan is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC. Her PhD is on the conservation of incidentally caught marine organisms, using the case study of seahorses in India. When not in front of a … 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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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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