Talking Turtles: Blog

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...
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...
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...

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...