poem on Olive Ridley

Waddle

(for the first time)

A charcoal pebble on fledgling feet

christened Olive Ridley.

.

waddles along a moonshine route

sculpting waddle-steps

on the sun-warmed silk sand

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towards the beckoning aqua line

(with waves gushing over each other to extend a welcoming hand)

and

.

wades

(for the first time)

into

the ocean’s lap.

©Namratha Varadharajan


INSPIRATION/CAUSE FOR THE DAY: Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network

Olive Ridley Poem

The Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network is a group comprising mainly of volunteers who have worked towards the conservation of Olive Ridley, a type of sea turtle for nearly four decades! From December to April, the Olive Ridley turtles lay eggs along the beaches of Chennai. The volunteer group walks along the beach for seven kilometers every night during this season, collect eggs and relocates them to a safe location(their two hatcheries). After a 45-day incubation period, when the hatchlings hatch they are immediately transferred back to the beach where they commence their first walk along the beach back into the ocean. This is an attempt to protect the turtle eggs from the forces of nature, predators, dogs, and people who frequent these beaches. they have been successful until now.

They have also successfully fought against Mast Lights being switched on in the region, which interferes with the young turtles finding their way back to the sea (which they usually do by the light of the moon reflected off the sea).

Special thanks to Vidya(my sister-in-law) who recently witnessed the event of releasing the hatchlings at Chennai, sharing her story as well as photos, with us.


For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the other posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.

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19 thoughts on “Waddle: Inspired By Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network #AtoZChallenge #BlogChatterA2Z #NaPoWriMo

  • April 27, 2018 at 11:18 am
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    I love the idea of the waves extending a welcoming hand to the baby Olive Ridley Turtles.

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    • April 27, 2018 at 9:51 pm
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      Thank you Kalpana. The waves do look pretty inviting, running towards us:)

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  • April 27, 2018 at 5:26 am
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    I think I will forever hold the image of your words of those precious creatures wading into the ocean’s lap – fabulous.

    What a remarkable conservation project, and I’m so glad it’s successful.

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    • April 27, 2018 at 9:58 pm
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      Thank you Deborah for the wonderful words.

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  • April 26, 2018 at 11:02 pm
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    Beautiful poem.
    Loved the expression ‘with waves gushing over each other to extend a welcoming hand)’ among others.

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    • April 27, 2018 at 10:02 pm
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      Thank you Seema. I am yet to witness this wonderful spectacle. I did see a video sent by my relative but I am sure it does not compare to see it with our own eyes.

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    • April 27, 2018 at 10:03 pm
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      Thank you:) Glad I made you go awwww…

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  • April 26, 2018 at 8:15 am
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    As I read the poetic lines, I could imagine a little thing waddling bravely above the sand to head straight into the sea, its eyes determined as it makes its way. I think this conservation work is among one of the finest achievement of India towards saving the environment.

    W is for Wildings #atozchallenge

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    • April 27, 2018 at 10:04 pm
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      Thank you Shalini. It is indeed a fine achievement of India. I believe they have been doing wonderful work out there.

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  • April 26, 2018 at 6:41 am
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    A very vivid poem, Namratha. Long long ago, I had written an article for a kids magazine on this subject. Oliver Ridleys are beautiful creatures. Lovely post

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    • April 27, 2018 at 10:45 am
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      Thank you Meena for your visit and comment. I hadnt heard about this conservation project until a few days back. How I wish to see them!

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