Agatti Island of Lakshadweep Atolls: Coral Reef Bleaching

by Rohan Nath Introduction  Coral reefs support approximately 0.5 million species worldwide and are considered to be the  most diverse marine habitat. The annual growth of corals is based on environmental  conditions and are severely slow with a growth of only a few mm to 5 cm per year. Natural  and anthropogenic disturbances can influenceContinue reading “Agatti Island of Lakshadweep Atolls: Coral Reef Bleaching”

Olive Ridley Turtles: Conservation of Nesting Sites along the Coast of Odisha

By Rohan Nath Introduction The well-being of a seabeach decides the population of sea turtles residing on them. Sea turtles are highly dependent on land for the reproduction phase of their life. Even though predation of both hatchlings and adults by whales, sharks, large fishes and saltwater crocodiles, play a role in their mortality, theContinue reading “Olive Ridley Turtles: Conservation of Nesting Sites along the Coast of Odisha”

Algae – sore reminders of how we pollute water bodies

The night of August 18, 2019 had residents of Chennai enthralled. A night stroll on the Elliot’s Beach turned out to be unforgettable as visitors saw a blue light glimmering the waves that crashed on the shore. It was later reported that the Noctiluca algae (commonly known as sea tinkle) were responsible for the magicalContinue reading “Algae – sore reminders of how we pollute water bodies”

The Tragedy of Oil Spills

A dark and murky liquid that despicably spreads over the surface of the sea, and prevents any sunlight or oxygen to pass through, killing thousands of aquatic organisms each year – you have guessed right. An oil spill is the release or leakage of liquid hydrocarbons such as petroleum onto a water body’s surface. BesidesContinue reading “The Tragedy of Oil Spills”

Human-produced underwater noise a cause for concern

Nobody likes noise – not us, not animals in forests and not fish in oceans. Loud and cacophonous noise displeases us, and, at times, even leads to dire health issues. But if that’s the case with us, do marine organisms feel the same way about noise? Does noise “displease” fish? Does it cause health issuesContinue reading “Human-produced underwater noise a cause for concern”

Foamy Coastline of Chennai

In the last months of 2019, Chennai’s iconic Marina Beach had become the centre of attention in the news. City-dwellers woke up to an unusual phenomenon on one fine November day. Nearly 1 kilometre of the world’s second longest beach’s shoreline was draped under a blanket of white frothy foam. This foam formation, as laterContinue reading “Foamy Coastline of Chennai”

Kolkata & the Bay of Pollution

Occupying an area of about 839000 square miles, the Bay of Bengal is one of India’s most important oceans. The water body also holds significant historical importance in Kolkata, and once served as the gateway for the Britisher’s arrival to India. It is also the home of 475 different species of fish, and thus alsoContinue reading “Kolkata & the Bay of Pollution”

The Effect of Light Pollution on Aquatic Life

With an ever-increasing pressure on our environment, the future of all living beings, including humans – who are the problem – is bleak. Through all the media that we know exist; water, air, soil, etc. our polluting activities pose an imminent threat to the flora and fauna around us. India boasts a large coastline thatContinue reading “The Effect of Light Pollution on Aquatic Life”