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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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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, […]
You probably have to be lost and alone at sea for a very long time to mistake a dugong for a luscious mermaid. At first sight, this large lumbering beast resembles little more than a shapeless gunnysack with whiskers at one end and a roughly-hewn paddle at the other. It is a graceless, grunting and utterly […]
Wouldn’t you love to be a fish – gorgeously coloured and interestingly shaped, spending your life jumping from one coral to another…just like a hawkfish? With a wonderfully apt name, these patient stalkers of prey behave like hawks. They rest and wait for that opportune moment when they can dash out to grab their meal. […]
by Rucha Karkarey Last week, you were a small fish fry who survived a perilous journey in the open ocean. You have nearly reached your destination now — a beautiful coral reef in the Lakshadweep islands. It is here that you will find a home and settle down for life. You’ve learnt last week that settling […]