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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…


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…

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…


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

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