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...
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...
Turtles Takeover

Turtles Takeover

By Divya Mudappa | April 2, 2015 | Odisha

It was just another night With a sunset And a moonrise not so far behind To give us just enough light To lay down underneath the stars Listen to all the translations Of the stories across the sky We drew our own oonstellationsmmun ~ Jack Johnson,...
Arribada!

Arribada!

By Mallika Sardeshpande | | Odisha

The coast appeared from under the clouds on the horizon rather abruptly. The waves were but thin white lines on the narrow shore. As the plane descended over the Bay of Bengal, the blue ocean began to get a texture. And just as it began landing in Vizag, I could see...
Turtle, turtle everywhere

Turtle, turtle everywhere

By Akash Verma | April 7, 2014 | Uncategorized

You are supposed to start with a turtle track, maybe a nest or the remains of the eggs. You are then supposed to move on to seeing a live olive ridley turtle and then an arribada. That’s the progression to studying the turtles; but here I was, surrounded by thousands...