The young boy and the sea

The seacoast, Bay of Bengal…

Its been pretty cool and cloudy in Chennai these last few months. Contrast that with the once “look no ceiling fans” city of Bengaluru, where air-conditioning has come to stay. Is it climate-change, wonders the young boy….

The boy loves the sea and the sands… He is fascinated by the constant battles, the run-ins, ups and downs..

Every once in a while, a stormy sea may spit a whole lot of refuse back on to the sands… Tree trunks, roots, and a whole lot of footwear. He wonders how there is so much footwear floating in the sea… Ah yes, the sea has no patience with the muck thrown in by the sand… It just waits for a while, and then upchucks them right back into the mouth of the sand…

The sands then have to clean their teeth by burning the muck…

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And then there are these nice, peaceful days as well… The sands are shining, the Sun is high, the sea is in joy, and even birds come down and watch the waves…

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The sea and the sands… they need each other all right… Every year, from January to March, the sea sends in some very special turtles to nest in these sands… The Oliver Ridley turtles… In Tamizh, they are called ‘panguni aamais’ – (aamai is turtle / tortoise, and panguni is the month that they usually clamber on to the coast… It is the month of Panguni now…)

These turtles are in the ‘endangered list’, and the turtles and their eggs are often prey to animals, birds, and humans…

In Chennai, some nice young people have formed an association that helps protect these special guests. Groups of passionate folks go on long ‘turtle walks’ – starting around midnight and walking along the coast, looking for eggs, picking them up and shifting then to safe places… They have little fenced in areas where the turtle eggs can hatch…

Here is one…

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The “Students’ Sea Turtle Conservation Network”, reads the board… They have their website too, which you can see here.

After around 45 days or so, the eggs hatch…

The boy puts his little hand into the hole in the basket, and gently picks out one little ridley….

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Ah, this one is very active, he yelps, as the little aamai tries to shake loose, and he dunks it right back in to the basket nest…

He waits a while, and peers inside the basket, and speaks softly to the little one… Just one picture, he says… And then he gently lifts it, and places it in his little left hand, for this nice little picture…

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, a new guest to the world, a little panguni aamai, soon to be let free, to swim all over the sea…

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  1. Topics about Animals » Archive » The young boy and the sea Says:

    […] athato put an intriguing blog post on The young boy and the seaHere’s a quick excerptThe seacoast, Bay of Bengal… Its been pretty cool and cloudy in Chennai these last few months. Contrast that with the once “look no ceiling fans” city of Bengaluru, where air-conditioning has come to stay. Is it climate-change, wonders the young boy…. The boy loves the sea and the sands… He is fascinated by the constant battles, the run-ins, ups and downs.. Every once in a while, a stormy sea may spit a whole lot of refuse back on to the sands… Tree trunks, roots, and a whole lot of footwe […]

  2. bala Says:

    nice little write up. The first picture looks pretty scary. Where is that from?

  3. gkamesh Says:

    The same beach as the rest, Bala… the same sands, the same sea…

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