Skincare Chemicals and Corals – A Cause of Concern?

Our obsession of skincare and its products is inevitably eternal, but so are its impacts. The environmentally-derogatory effect that virtually unlimited skincare products such as sunscreens have, cannot be compensated for by nature’s limited lifespan. When we go to the beach or on vacation, for example, practically everyone applies sunscreen to their body. It’s possibleContinue reading “Skincare Chemicals and Corals – A Cause of Concern?”

The misery of seahorses

On a planet where humans kill millions of their own kind, Damocles’ sword always lies hanging over the heads of animals. That’s a given when animals face the deadliest threat everyday – us. Things sadly become worse for one of the most fascinating creatures on this planet – the seahorse. One instant it tries hardContinue reading “The misery of seahorses”

Dwindling numbers of sharks a cause for concern

Sharks are one among the many apex predators of oceans. Yet, not even that fact can save them from the inevitable consequences of human actions. Since the 1970s, their numbers have dropped by over 70%, and this figure is bound to increase given the pace at which human advancement in the context of environmental disregardContinue reading “Dwindling numbers of sharks a cause for concern”

Suffocating marine life to death

While terrestrial organisms like humans enjoy breathing 21% of oxygen present in the air, marine organisms have to depend on a mere 1% of oxygen concentration in water. However, the unquenchable avarice and ridiculous megalomania of humans has started depleting even this small quantity of oxygen.  With the thin line on which the marine worldContinue reading “Suffocating marine life to death”

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”