Saw Watha (Agu)

Field Assistant, Carpenter & Maintenance Manager

Agu has been with ANET for more than 20 years and is a veteran of marine turtle surveys and monitoring across the Andaman and Nicobar islands. For several years, he singlehandedly managed the data collection and research activities of ANET’s sea turtle camp at Galathea in Great Nicobar. Agu’s own story of surviving the 2004 tsunami is one of great courage and determination and can be read here and here. He currently serves as the Carpenter and Maintenance in-charge at ANET. As one of our longest serving employees, Agu has contributed to the planning and construction of most of the current buildings in the campus including afforestation of the property. He has experience in island surveys of turtles and crocodiles and has served as boat captain in the past. Agu, is from Karmatang village in Mayabundar, North Andaman and speaks Hindi, English and Karen. He spends a lot of his free time fishing and he cooks seafood with a characteristic no-frills, functional approach. He makes slow, yet lasting friendships that will make you privy to his treasure chest of adventure stories, fantasy folk tales and repetitive humour. And maybe you’ll even learn to spot a joke before he breaks into his wicked smile.

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