Slippery sailors of the sea: India’s Sea snakes

In Indian mythology, Vishnu, the Lord of preservation, is said to have been supported by a giant sea snake called Shesha that rests on the cosmic ocean upon which the entire world is balanced. Snake Vasuki was wielded as a rope to churn milk from the ocean. Our myths, legends and stories have always integratedContinue reading “Slippery sailors of the sea: India’s Sea snakes”

Through the ordeals of an island: How to survive when you’re stuck on an island by India’s coastline

From literary classics like Lord of the Flies to films like Castaway and Blue Lagoon, the “stranded at an uninhabited island” trope is extremely pervasive in the realm of fiction. The trope is so familiar that it even earned a name to it; Robinsonade. A Robinsonade is a storyline that follows one or more charactersContinue reading “Through the ordeals of an island: How to survive when you’re stuck on an island by India’s coastline”

The Fall of the Coral Reef: Lakshadweep

Situated about 200 to 440 kilometres off the Malabar Coast, Lakshadweep is an archipelago of 36 islands in the Arabian Sea, of which 10 are inhabited. All of India’s coral reefs are Fringing reefs, except for Lakshadweep, which houses a breathtaking boundary of atoll reefs. An atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef that partially orContinue reading “The Fall of the Coral Reef: Lakshadweep”

The Clean for the Olive Green and Blue

Since time immemorial, Chennai’s coast has proved to be an important aspect of the city. Playing several roles such from a busy harbour, to a site of leisure and fun, life without a beach in Chennai is quite difficult to imagine! The coast is bound by the Bay of Bengal, making it an important marineContinue reading “The Clean for the Olive Green and Blue”

Common Bivalves in Chennai

by Goutham Krishna Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: MolluscaClass: Bivalvia Bivalves are marine or freshwater molluscs characterized by a shell that is divided into two valves that are inter-connected to one another at a hinge. Bivalves are species that lack head and typical molluscan organs like radula and odontophore. Some of the primitive bivalves ingest sediments. The absenceContinue reading “Common Bivalves in Chennai”

Blue Button

by Goutham Krishna Scientific name: Porpita porpita Phylum: Cnidaria Family: Porpitidae Blue button, scientifically known as Porpita porpita is a marine organism found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. These organisms are found on the western coast of India, which is bounded by the Arabian sea. They consistContinue reading “Blue Button”

The Ecological Engineers: The Lungs of the Sea

by Abdullah S Seagrass are plants that grow in shallow waters of the ocean. They are similar to the flowering plants on the land. Monocotyledons are a group of plants like grasses, lilies, and palms. Seagrasses belong to Monocotyledons. It is often confused with seaweeds or algae but is different. They have a long ovalContinue reading “The Ecological Engineers: The Lungs of the Sea”

Portuguese Man o’ War

by Goutham Krishna Scientific name: Physalia physalis Phylum: Cnidaria Family: Physaliidae The Portuguese man o’ war, commonly known as the “blue bottle jellyfish” is a marine predatory species, commonly found in the Atlantic and Indian ocean. It is an organism that usually lives in the ocean surface, with venomous microscopic nematocysts and feeding tentacles thatContinue reading “Portuguese Man o’ War”

Tides – Peculiarities & Significances

by Goutham Krishna Tides are the long shallow-water waves generally found in the ocean and sea by the gravitational attraction of the moon, rotation of Earth and to a relatively lesser extent by the gravitational attraction of the sun. The imbalance between Earth’s centripetal force and the above-mentioned gravitational forces acting on Earth’s surface createsContinue reading “Tides – Peculiarities & Significances”

Coral Reefs of India

by Goutham Krishna Coral reefs are a unique underwater ecosystem composed of reef-building coral species. Coral reefs are considered the most diverse and rich marine ecosystem on the planet, hosting about 25% of all marine species within an area less than 0.1% of the world oceans. Due to this peculiarity of the coral reef ecosystem,Continue reading “Coral Reefs of India”