Talking Turtles: Blog

The Turtle man of Rushikulya: Dhambru Behera

The Turtle man of Rushikulya: Dhambru Behera

By Muralidharan M. | April 3, 2014 | Muralidharan M.

Every field ecologist has their own special “Man Friday”, the local informant and trusted field assistant at their respective field sites. Dhambru Behera was “The Man” at the Rushikulya mass nesting beach in Odisha. This humble, traditional fisherman by trade met a...

A 1000 and Counting

By Maya Khosla | February 22, 2013 | Maya Khosla, Muralidharan M., Odisha, Uncategorized

Surender, a third assistant, keeps his eyes on a GPS unit. As soon as he hears a new sea turtle sighting announced, he calls out the position coordinates. Sitting on a work bench next to him, Muralidharan (“Murali”), one of Kartik Shanker’s researchers, notes down all...
Beaches that change…

Beaches that change…

By Muralidharan M. | March 22, 2012 | Muralidharan M., Odisha

“Dude, let’s go to the beach” was a text message or call I used to receive almost every day of my college life in Chennai. Little did I know back then that my going to the beach would be one day equivalent to my going to the office. Every evening I would head to the...