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The Turtle Walker

About the Film

In the late 1970s, Satish Bhaskar travelled along India’s East and West coastlines, and the wildly spectacular Andaman and Nicobar islands. For nearly five decades, he lived alongside the rare and mysterious sea turtles, whom he befriended and studied.

In his career, “Mr. Sea Turtle”, walked nearly 2/3rds of India’s coastline. His life was a series of extraordinary adventures – a collection of rare stories about these mysterious ocean dwellers.

His fight was to save them from extinction.

Satish Bhaskar handles a green turtle. Photographed by herpetologist Rom Whitaker at the Madras Croc Bank, circa 1979

Def: Turtle Walker

A turtle walker travels across long distances of wild and uncertain coastlines on foot, in the hopes of spotting a turtle. They often embark on these strenuous walks with very little guarantee of reward. Yet their zeal for discovery is what allows them to thrive in their search for these creatures. It is this passion that binds together the stories of turtle walkers across generations.

Awards and Accolades

The Turtle Walker team is beyond grateful for all the support, guidance, and recognition we have received thus far. As emerging filmmakers, the mentorship we have received from these individuals and institutions across the world has been instrumental in creating the story of Turtle Walker. The film would not be possible without their continued support.

“The hope of seeing a turtle is what keeps me going.” – Satish Bhaskar

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