Wes Skiles’ widow seeks $25M in wrongful death lawsuit
Opening statements were made in the trial of Wes Skiles’ widow, Terri Skiles, versus Dive Rite Express, owned by Lamartek Inc. Terri Skiles is seeking $25 million in damages, claiming the manufacturer was negligent in testing the safety of the rebreather her husband was using when he drowned off Boynton Beach while filming Goliath Grouper in 2010.
Late Availability: Wetpixel/Mustard Lembeh Macro workshop
Owing to a late cancellation, we have one single space on the Alex Mustard/Wetpixel Lembeh Macro Workshop. The dates for the workshop on which the space is available are 7 to 14 October and we are based at Lembeh Resort. These spaces originally sold out in 24 hours back in March 2015, so it is a real opportunity for someone to jump on at the last minute!
Great White Shark Mary Lee returns to Jersey Shore
A well known individual Great White shark, Mary Lee, has returned to the Jersey Shore to presumably feed. Researchers have tracker her movements for four years now since they originally tagged her off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The nearly 3,500 pound female shark has swam nearly 34,000 miles since originally being tagged. Image from Shutterstock.
Call for entries: San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition
The Call for Entries for the 2016 San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX) has been posted. The seventeenth annual event is being held on 7 and 8 October and introduces two new features. A $500 prize will be awarded on each of the two nights for the film that the audience votes as the best of that evening. In addition, there will be a new category of films up to 10 minutes long. SDUFEX’s venue is the Irwin M Jacobs Qualcomm Hall in San Diego.
The Humpback Whales of Tonga by Don Silcock
Happy Birthday David Attenborough!
Congratulations to wildlife champion, naturalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough, on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday. He has been synonymous with the very best of wildlife program making for over 60 years. Perhaps best known for the BBC’s Life Collection, he has been involved with over 100 wildlife related programs over a career spanning almost 7 decades.
NOAA live streams video from the Marianas Trench
NOAA is live streaming video from ROVs exploring the Marianas Trench and surrounding areas. The Okeanos Explorer is carrying out an expedition to collect baseline information and survey this largely unexplored area. The explorations is useing “teleprescence” to interpret data, with scientists in the U.S.A. standing “watches” as the video feeds are piped live from the vessel via satellite internet and providing comments as they view them.
Video: The Not So Silent World by Evan Sherman
Evan Sherman has produced an amazing short film featuring the macro life of Tulamben, Indonesia. He combines super macro filming, with a post processing approach that incorporates the use of sound effects to interpret the noises the animals might be making. The title is a nod to Jacques Cousteau’s Silent World series of films and books.
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