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Shaunak Modi


Marine Lines with Raghu Karnad

Sharks, Sea Slugs & Other Neighbours with Shaunak Modi Mumbai treats the sea like scenery – like a backdrop – not like a living world full of creatures that are our neighbours. We can’t look into the deeps, but it’s amazing how much life is ready to meet us on the coastline. In this episode, […]


Heart of Conservation with Lalitha Krishnan

Episode 26 – It’s not every day a yet-to-hatch cuttlefish stares back at you through its thin egg membrane. Listen to Shaunak Modi unravel the marine wonders of Mumbai.   Heart of Conservation. Podcast from the Himalaya · Unravelling the Wonders of Mumbai’s Shores: Shaunak Modi. Ep# 26 Show Notes on the Earthy Matters Blog

Shaunak Modi's photograph published in Roads & Kingdoms

Roads & Kingdoms

India’s Pardhis are poor outcasts—and the country’s finest tiger hunters. Some are now helping authorities track down the poachers in their midst.

Shaunak Modi's photograph published in India Today

India Today

The Son Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh is one of the few places in India where you can see the gharials in their natural habitat

Shaunak Modi's photograph published in The Hindu

The Hindu

Eight questions (and answers) about Mumbai’s fragile coastline

Shaunak Modi's photograph published in Mongabay


What underwater sounds can tell us about the Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins

Photographs by Shaunak Modi in National Geographic Traveller India

NatGeo Traveller India

What marine life can you possibly spot on Juhu Beach amidst a sea of humanity? It takes a guided walk to find out…

Porpita porpita photographed by Shaunak Modi in Mumbai
In Print

Verve Magazine

This photo-essay about Mumbai’s marine life was published in the Environment Special in May 2019. The online version of the story published on April 22, 2019 can be found here.

Porpita porpita photographed at Girgaon Chowpatty by Shaunak Modi
Blue buttons, also known as Porpita Porpita, these are chondrophores — close relatives of jellyfish — and are seasonal visitors to our city. These free-floating animals live in the open ocean but are brought ashore in Mumbai just before the monsoons by strong landward winds. Interestingly, even though it looks like one animal, it is a colony of many tiny animals that have evolved to live together as one large organism, with different roles assigned to each one in the colony.

Magnificent Images Of Sea Creatures From Along Mumbai’s Coastline

Driving along the sweep of Marine Drive or past the crowded Haji Ali Dargah at Worli, is there anyone who looks out at sea and wonders about the marine life along urban Mumbai’s massive coastline?