Vanishing convicts

Sometime in the last week of March this year, I was winding up work at one of our study sites in Kavaratti, Lakshadweep, when there was a sudden burst of yellow and black and I was left blinking, smack in the middle of this huge shoal of convict surgeonfish. Naturally, I just had to record […]

Crumbling atolls

New 18-year study shows that despite increasing resistance, coral reefs in the Lakshadweep are not recovering well from climate change disturbances   The coral reefs of the Lakshadweep are not doing well. They haven’t been well for a while now. Just how badly they are faring  is something we are only just waking up to. […]

Flexible Fish: new study from the Lakshadweep

In their bright yellow-and-blue finery, melon butterflyfish are hard to miss—you must have seen them on one of your dives. And if you’re like me, who hasn’t ever been on one, you’ve probably seen them swimming across your screen in some underwater video. These fish—the melon butterflyfish—really love being around coral, and for good reason. […]

Super Groupers: An Instagram Series

Rucha Karkarey is a research scholar with the Oceans and Coasts Programme at NCF.  She has spent the last seven years stalking groupers (these really interesting fish) underwater, trying to understand how they are coping with climate-change. She took over our Instagram for a week, and shared stories about curious behaviours of groupers from her fieldwork in […]

Colours of a Catastrophe

by Shreya Yadav   I am swimming in the unusually warm waters of Kalpeni in the Lakshadweep, overwhelmed by the bizarre colours of this catastrophe. Muted pastel shades have turned violently psychedelic. A branching colony of brown Pocillopora is now lavender, sky-blue fingers of Acropora a radiant white, grey sheets of Montipora fluoresce green and […]

All Aboard Expedition Lakshadweep!

Ahoy there, folks! This season, as the monstrous El Niño brews in the Pacific, follow our team @Oceans_NCF (The Arthur Lab) as they set sail on an expedition to survey the entire Lakshadweep archipelago! Here are a few snippets of their voyage via Twitter:   The dive crew!    

Where the land meets the sea

by Pooja Rathod   Today’s article is not about animals walking on land or swimming in the ocean. It’s about big and small creatures living in-between – that is, where the land meets the sea. In this ‘inter-tidal zone’, the water rises and falls every few hours, alternately drowning and then completely drying out this […]

Settling on shaky ground: How dead coral structures carve the fate of young coral recruits in the Lakshadweep islands

Photographs: Shreya Yadav Illustration: Rohan Arthur   For coral larvae—the free-floating progeny of adult coral—picking a perfect place to build their homes amidst the bustling crannies, alleys and turrets of reefs is ever so important, especially since once they settle, they spend their entire lives in the same place. But with sea temperatures spiralling upwards, […]