Mumbai’s coastlines have forever drawn people to its shores. But did you know that these very coastlines were home to a multitude of marine creatures?
Like sea anemones, corals, hermit crabs, molluscs and many, many others.
A trio of marine enthusiasts from Mumbai have started an initiative that aims to draw the attention of people in the city towards the rich coastal biodiversity.
Siddharth Chakravarty, an academic researcher in the fishing industry, along with Abhishek Jamalabad and Pradip Patade, a marine biologist and a kayaking instructor, respectively, met through common acquaintances. The trio shared a common zeal towards marine biodiversity and started Marine Life of Mumbai, MLOM.
“It was towards the beginning of this year that we decided to open up a forum on Facebook that would allow fellow enthusiasts to share photographs of the varied creatures but more like a public repository. Here, it’s not just about sharing photographs or the information pertaining to it. We want more people to come forward to raise awareness towards the cause,” Siddharth says.
The group also conducts walks along the shoreline; the result of which are photographs of the vibrantly hued marine creatures.
“So far we have conducted two photo walks. Currently, the monsoons have put a stall on our further plans. But that will be for a brief while and we hope that more people will join us post September,” he adds.
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Here are some photographs of an underwater wonderland beyond belief right here in Mumbai!
You can look up MLOM’s Facebook page here.
To get in touch with the team behind MLOM, click here.