Report: Silence of the Sharks
The first Silence of the Sharks protest dive was held in the Red Sea resort of Eilat, Israel. 87 divers dived together on the wreck of the Satil to protest the against shark finning and to raise awareness of the plight of sharks in the marine ecosystem. Further protests are planned around the globe, including a dive with 500 divers in the Mediterranean in October 2016.
Ikelite is shipping housing for Sony Alpha a7 II, a7R II, a7S II
Ikelite has announced the release of their housing for the Sony a7 II, a7R II, a7S II cameras. Ikelite has managed to incorporate TTL flash syncing. Constructed from the new grey polycarbonate announced at DEMA, the housing mimics the control placements on the camera wherever possible.
Wishing the Wetpixel community the very happiest of holiday seasons. We hope that you are able to enjoy the season with friends and family and if you are lucky enough to be underwater somewhere, may your imaging opportunities be stunning!
Shooting split shots of icebergs with a custom housing rig
Photographer Steve Mandel used a custom rig for his Canon 5D Mark III to shoot split shots of icebergs during a recent trip to Antarctica. The housing sat at an angle on a bracket at the end of a 7-foot long pole while resting upon custom legs on the side of the zodiac. He used the CamRanger app to control the camera with an iPad mini.
Video: Argonaut aggregation near the surface
Earth Touch News has shared an incredibly rare video of an aggregation of female argonauts, also known as paper nautilus, close to the surface on their Wild Ocean channel. These creatures appear to be very similar to chambered nautilus, but in fact more closely resemble bottom dwelling octopus. Encounters with these animals are very uncommon, and to see a grouping like this is spectacular. (Image from Shutterstock)
Damai fleet ceases use of palm oil products
Issue 70 of X-Ray Mag is available
Issue 70 of X-Ray Mag is available to download. Articles in the December edition include diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo, Honduras’s Cayos Cochinos, Canada’s BC Wreck Trek and with Tonga’s humpback whales. Imaging specific articles include “Color psychology in underwater photography” and a portfolio of J Paul Fennell’s wood carvings.
Photo Mechanic and PhotoShelter offer discounts to Wetpixel community
Our friends at Camera Bits have kindly offered 10 vouchers giving Wetpixel community members a 15% discount off the purchase of their excellent Photo Mechanic. In case you are not familiar, Photo Mechanic is a standalone image browser and workflow accelerator that uses the embedded jpegs in RAW files to allow images to be ingested and culled at lightening speed. [PhotoShelter](http://www.photoshelter.com are also still offering their amazing 20% special deal for the Wetpixel community
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