Every drop counts!
Technically, this is a very simple image, clicked in broad daylight with very minimal effort. That is how picturesque our Western ghats is, more so during the monsoon.
In the image you see a baby snail, wait, did you know that there is no term for a baby snail? Eg., Frog = Froglet, Goat = Kid, Snail? = Baby snail 🙂 🙂
This image was created in Agumbe, a small village in the state of Karnataka, also called the ‘Cherrapunji of the South’ situated in the heart of our Western ghats.
While I share a detailed picture story about Agumbe in the near future, first let me share some trivia about Western ghats, interested? read on:
Western Ghats of the Indian peninsula is estimated to be have formed around 150 million years ago. As per one widely accepted theory, the west coast of India came into being somewhere around 100 to 80 million years ago after it broke away from Madagascar. Meaning, it is definitely older than the Himalayas!
Western ghats is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the eight “hottest hot-spots” of biological diversity in the world. Spanning over 1600 kms, as per wikipedia, It is estimated to be home to 7,402 species of flowering plants, 1,814 species of non-flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species, 179 amphibian species, 6,000 insects species and 290 freshwater fish species. At least 325 globally threatened species occur in the Western Ghats.
Many undiscovered species live in the Western Ghats, even till date. For example the Amboli Toad was discovered as recently as the year 2009, my picture blog on this species can be found here (http://www.lenstrails.com/amboli-toad-a-critically-endangered-karaoke-singer/) and the Purple tree crab which was discovered as recently as the year 2016, my picture blog on this species can be found here (http://www.lenstrails.com/ghatiana-splendida-a-crab-whose-latin-name-says-it-all/).
Now you know, why there is so much resistance from scientists and conservationists across the world every time a new ‘so called’ development project in this region is contemplated by the Government.
Further reading about the mighty western ghats here: