Talking Turtles: Blog

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...
Life in Ganjam: The People Make the Place!

Life in Ganjam: The People Make the Place!

By Ridhi Chandarana | October 7, 2015 | Odisha

The best part about being in my line of work is the kind of travelling you get to do. You don’t just visit, you get to live in different places. Unlike tourists, or even seasoned travellers, who focus on the different sites and history of the place, here, you actually...
When a Million Turtles Land

When a Million Turtles Land

By Kalyan Varma | April 3, 2015 | Odisha

It was just past midnight. The narrow stretch of beach was deserted, empty. It was not supposed to be — we were there, at that time and in that place, to witness one of nature’s most extraordinary occurrences: the mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles. The moon had...