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Talking Turtles: Blog

Around the Rushikulya Rookery in 24 hours!

Around the Rushikulya Rookery in 24 hours!

By Sanjay Mitra | May 19, 2017 | Odisha

Having travelled over the course of three days by train from Pondicherry to Puri, and thereon to Ganjam, I was a little worn out when I stepped off the train station. I walked out of the station hoping that my texts had got through to Hari with the details of the...
Namaskaram says the Mirigam*

Namaskaram says the Mirigam*

By Meenakshi Poti | May 23, 2016 | Lakshadweep

It was a sweltering Sunday morning on the islands when I decided to walk the entire beach stretch of Agatti , Lakshadweep. On these walks, I always kept an eye out for turtle tracks, poop or anything remotely turtle like. It had been two weeks since I had arrived on...
A feast for crows and others: Mass hatchling emergence

A feast for crows and others: Mass hatchling emergence

By Nitya Prakash Mohanty | December 28, 2015 | Odisha

It is almost day break. A strong wind blows from the sea towards land. With the moon about to set, a tiny turtle hatchling looks towards the choppy sea and beyond it, towards an ever so bright horizon. The airborne sand hinders its view, as this newly hatched...
A far-from-lonely planet: sights and sounds of coastal Odisha

A far-from-lonely planet: sights and sounds of coastal Odisha

By Madhuri Ramesh | October 27, 2015 | Odisha

I spent three ‘turtle seasons’ in Odisha, studying the people who study the turtles and documenting a few other curiosities along the way. This list is about the latter, though I will freely admit that my study itself attracted a fair amount of attention and criticism...
Las Velas: The village for the turtle tourists

Las Velas: The village for the turtle tourists

By Nupur Kale | October 22, 2015 | Uncategorized

Prologue: Velas in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra has become famous for its turtle festival or ‘kasav mahotsav’. The festival is a month long affair which usually falls in March but the village starts receiving tourists as soon as the first nest hatches. I began...