Talking Turtles: Blog

Bon(e) Voyage

By | May 13, 2022 | Uncategorized

On a chilly night in Chennai, a group of people and I, started our walk from Neelankarai beach with volunteers of SSTCN to look for nesting female olive ridley sea turtles and their nests. During the six-kilometer walk, we didn’t find any trace of females or eggs, and...
Mysterious Creature of the Sea

Mysterious Creature of the Sea

By | February 24, 2022 | Uncategorized

Watching a sea turtle nest has been my lifelong dream. It dates back to when my family and I would visit the beach during weekends as we lived in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam. Like a lot of people, my fascination with the sea is inexplicable and has existed for...
Riders on the Storm

Riders on the Storm

By | January 22, 2022 | Uncategorized

It’s 7 am. As I stand near the edge of a jetty close to the river Bahuda, which is on the border of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, I watch the tiny hamlet awaken; the fishermen prepare for the sea, hurling nets into their boats for another day of fishing. I await one such...
Dialogue with the Sea

Dialogue with the Sea

By | December 6, 2021 | Uncategorized

Born and brought up in Delhi, living amidst the city lights, I have always had an immense love for shades of green and blue, whether it is the lush green mountains or the expanse of blue skies. Being an ardent zoologist, I have devoted my research career to the...
Thanks a Ton, SSTCN

Thanks a Ton, SSTCN

By | July 22, 2021 | Uncategorized

SSTCN played a major role in helping me understand the environment and to observe and appreciate nature as a whole. It also helped me think in a different way regarding life. It all started back in January of 2007, when my cousin, Arvind, from KFI introduced me to the...
A Different Group of Turtlers

A Different Group of Turtlers

By | June 25, 2021 | Andrea D. Phillott

‘Turtlers’ (sea turtle researchers, conservationists and enthusiasts) are a fairly cohesive group, bound by our dedication to these charismatic animals. In the last few years, turtlers have gathered en masse at the International Sea Turtle Symposia in Kobe and...
Furry Friends

Furry Friends

By | May 19, 2021 | Chennai, V Arun

For many of us Chennai turtle walkers, a turtle walk never feels complete without our best friends – our dear dogs who have been accompanying us on our walks for years and years. My entire 23 years of walking has been in the company of a few of these wonderful...
Down Memory Beach

Down Memory Beach

By V Arun | April 15, 2021 | Chennai

Entering the Turtle World I first learnt of the turtle walks conducted by the Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN) during the first year of its establishment. I had gone with a cousin to his friend’s house and there was Smitha leaving for a turtle walk at...
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...