Herpetologist, conservationist, “snake man of India”, scientist, founder of innumerable initiatives, writer, filmmaker - Romulus Whitaker is a man of many talents and many monikers. On his 74th birthday, Rom’s friends and colleagues relive some old memories and send out heartfelt birthday wishes to him.
We were lucky to see a pair of mating pair of turtles in the open sea. This is normally not the mating season but one does see occasional ones here and there.
Coming up next are some aerial shots of these turtles in the open sea.
#TodayonNIF “Some days I bury two turtles, some days I bury 22.” From the same state that’s home to the world’s largest Olive Ridley turtle rookery, comes the story of Kulmohan Sahu - his day job is ridding the beach of turtles who fall prey to the trawlers, fishing boats and nets of the sea. @umeed.mistry brings us this terrifying story: goo.gl/hHgqDm
#TodayonNIF@dhritimanimages’s iconic nature photography has been receiving accolades for over 17 years now. Today, on the International Day for Biological Diversity, he takes us back to the start of his journey documenting India’s rich but lesser-explored biodiversity (Link in bio)
We're launching our new multi-part series on endangered species of India to highlight the milestones - small and big - being achieved by conservationists, researchers, policy makers and nature itself!
Celebrating Endangered Species Day this May, here's the first story by Prachi Mehta, who's been dedicated to the conservation of the critically endangered Forest Owlet. This tiny owl is an endemic species of India which faces threats from deforestation as well as negative attitudes because of superstition and folklore.
Hey #NiF community! Here's our #NiFPickoftheWeek. Photo submitted by @nitish_bindal. Make sure to tag us in your best nature, wildlife and travel images. Every week, we highlight the photo that caught our attention most.
“Live close to nature and you will never feel lonely. Don’t drive those sparrows out of your veranda; they won’t hack into your computer.” On his 83rd birthday, @bijalvv celebrates Ruskin Bond, the writer on the hill.
Story link in bio. #ruskinbond#ruskinbondlove
#TodayonNIF@vaidya_manish has been following desert foxes in Rajasthan and Gujarat’s Little Rann for four years now. His compelling photographs and observations are up on the site today. Link in bio.
Hey #NiF community! Here's our #NiFPickoftheWeek. Photo submitted by @life_in_wild. Make sure to tag us in your best nature, wildlife and travel images. Every week, we highlight the photo that caught our attention most.
In November 1971, Biruté Galdikas arrived in Borneo to begin her field studies of orangutans. Galdikas remained there for over 30 years, bringing recognition to a virtually ignored species and its rainforest habitat. Little was known of orangutans before Galdikas' work. Over the decades, she has focused on the rehabilitation of orphaned orangutans through Orangutan Foundation International. Galdikas has received numerous awards for her efforts, including the PETA Humanitarian Award in 1990. On the occasion of her 71st birthday today, we at Nature inFocus would like to wish Dr. Biruté Galdikas a very happy birthday.
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#TodayonNIF Home to the iconic Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary as well as over 500 bird species, Thattekad is a birding haven in God’s Own Country - Kerala. Chandrashekar Kalyanasundaram @ckal289 shares stories of his sightings and gives us some words of advice.
This gorgeous photo is from Mumbai. A shout out to the good folks at @marinelifemumbai for shining a superb spotlight on urban shores. #Repost@marinelifemumbai with @repostapp
Most of us tend to think that sea slugs (nudibranchs) are only seen during dives or snorkelling sessions at relatively healthy reefs. Yet, a few nudibranchs can be found even on very urban shores, such as #MarineDrive. @PradipPatade found this one on a rock at low tide, and pushed it into the water, after which it gracefully swam to the bottom. The external gills and rhinopores (club-shaped organs on the head region) are characteristic of nudibranchs. This one has a distinct off-white colour with bright orangish-red bands.
ID - Bornella stellifer #bornellastellifer#nudibranch#seaslug#mollusc
Date - 18th April, 2014
Place - #marinedrive
Substrate - #rock#tidepool#rockpool
Size - approximate 4 cms
Tidal conditions - Very low
#TranceAlert - Watch it on loop and stare deep into the blue.
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Many species of groupers, like the squaretail grouper, show an interesting mating strategy. When individuals from nearby reefs are ready to reproduce, they come together at a particular site, at a particular time (usually coinciding with some moon phase), to release their eggs and sperm. This is called spawning. Fertilization takes place in the water column and these fertilised eggs are dispersed by ocean currents to the deep open ocean where they develop into larvae over 2-3 three weeks. Once the larvae are big and competent enough, they swim to nearby coral reefs and populate them. After a couple of days of spawning at the aggregation site, the groupers return back to their own home ranges. These events are called spawning aggregations.
Many grouper spawning aggregations take place like clockwork—each aggregation forms at the same site and time through the year.
Scientists have long wondered what lead to the evolution of such a bizarre ‘community’ mating strategy. One of the theories suggests that because most resources in the ocean are spread over vast areas, are disconnected and unpredictable, it is difficult for solitary individuals to find mates (apparently there isn’t such a thing as ‘too many fish in the sea’!). Therefore, by forming these regular aggregations, most individuals are easily able to find mates and they can cherry-pick their mates too!