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...
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...
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,...