Three marine enthusiasts are demystifying the unique marine life that enriches the coastal lines of Mumbai – by spreading awareness and organizing informative coastal walks. Marine Life of Mumbai is spreading coastal awareness, one fish at a time. The group, which is currently active on Facebook, has been started off by Pradip Patade, a kayaking instructor, Abhishek Jamalabad, a marine biologist and Siddharth Chakravarty, an academic researcher in the fishing industry. They're spreading awareness about the rich marine biodiversity that exists on Mumbai’s coastline.
The immediate aim of the group is to acquaint Mumbaikars with the interesting and the intriguing sea creatures that co-exist happily. Just browse through their Facebook page and find some of the most fascinating corals, sponges, pink sea anemones and tiny little sea slugs. Generally, they explore the coasts that get submerged during high tide and come back up during low tide. These areas are called inter-tidal zones, and a lot of marine flora and fauna exists in them. Some of the species they’ve uncovered include croakers, olive ridley turtles, gorgeous star fishes, and several kinds of molluscs.
They've covered the shorelines of Cuffe Parade, Girgaum Chowpatty, Walkeshwar and Napean Sea Road and more. It’s a lovely initiative to re-explore the coasts of Mumbai. The island city is home to abundant sea creatures and with this group, you can go about discovering them!