If you were at Chowpatty last weekend, you may have seen these Marines at our very own national front, lovingly gazing at anemones and nudibranchs. Marine Life Of Mumbai, a community that set itself afloat this Earth Day, will conduct monthly walks and build a public archive of information about the city’s coastal biodiversity. A shell company, if you will.
“We’re used to thinking of the Mumbai coastline as a dead, smelly, dirty zone,” says co-founder Siddharth Chakravarty, “but there’s much more to it than that.” MLOM’s fledgling Instagram feed is filled with pictures of a number of tiny, intriguingly mysterious creatures, all found at Bombay’s inter-tidal zones - the parts of the coast submerged during high tide and visible at low. There are also ecstatic pictures of emerald-green shells and pastel-pink sea anemones (“Most people think they need to go to Lakshadweep or the Andamans to see these, but all you need is to go to Girgaum Chowpatty at low tide”).
If you were at Chowpatty last weekend, you may have seen these Marines at our very own national front.
Marine Life Of Mumbai is run by ecologist and marine enthusiast Pradip Patade, marine biologist and researcher Abhishek Jamalabad, and Siddharth, who studies labour in industrial fisheries. They’ll conduct walks - “so that anyone can go ahead and do their own,” Siddharth says - on a rough monthly schedule, based on tidal patterns. For future coastal explorations, the crew hopes to walk along the rocks of Carter Road near the end of May, and the mud-flats of Sewri. Keep your ear to the conch.
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