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Manta ray struggles for survival

Overfishing threatens the magnificent and prized ‘Ali Maduwa’, writes Malaka Rodrigo�

A giant “maduwa”, or manta ray, was netted last week by fisherman in Welipatanwila, Ambalanthota, on the South coast. The ocean creature was pregnant and weighed 1,500 kilograms. A week earlier, another manta ray was caught by fishermen in Akkaraipattu, on the East coast. Both sea…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 2, 2013 at 9:51 — No Comments

Traditional Sri Lankan New Year is a celebration of Nature - is it common in traditional events of other communities..??

Today is traditional New Year for Sri Lankans. The event initiated as a Thanksgiving ceremony after harvesting of paddy and there is a little bit of Astrology too get involved. However, there are lots of elements of biodiversity involved in this National Event.



* Asian Koel makes its mating song at this period, so locals consider him as harbinger of new year

* A flower called Erabadu (flame of forest) too blooms on this period of time, so it becomes the…
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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on April 14, 2012 at 17:05 — No Comments

Speeding vehicles on roads driving wildlife to their early graves

A fully grown sloth bear was killed by a speeding vehicle near the 11th kilometre post on the Panama-Pottuvil road in Sri Lanka late last month raising concerns over the prudence of having public roads across biodiversity rich National Parks, while vehicles speeding…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on July 29, 2011 at 16:57 — No Comments

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