Vancouver aquarium to cease marine mammal captivity program
The Vancouver aquarium will no longer keep whales or dolphins in captivity. The decision came as a result of the Vancouver Park Board voted last year to prevent the aquarium from acquiring any new marine mammals for exhibits. The aquarium has stated that the intense public debate is hindering is conservation work.
Inon offers three cold shoe mounts
Inon has announced a series of “cold” shoe bases. There are three versions, two offering rotating and swivelling movement with 1/4” 20 or M6 attachments and the third with a 1” ball mount. All 3 share a common cold shoe attachment, so are interchangeable.
Inon ships X-2 housing for EOS-80D
Inon have made a version of their X2 housing for the Canon EOS-80D available. In common with other X2 housings, it is constructed as an aluminum casting, allowing for precise shaping. It is compatible with Inon’s port system, viewfinders and strobes.
UW-Fotopartner enters bankruptcy
Reports on the forum suggest that German company UW-Fotopartner has gone into insolvency. A petition for bankruptcy has been filed by its parent company, Horvath Innovation Group GmbH, by the district court of Tübingen on 15 January. The UW-Fotopartner website is showing blank pages and shows that it is undergoing “Maintenance Work.”
Study shows tiger shark litters have single male parent
A new paper (PDF) in the Royal Society Open Science journal has analyzed the results of testing the DNA of 112 tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) pups from 4 pregnant females that had been caught off Australia. The analysis shows that each litter seems to have had a single male parent. Typically, most shark species practice polyandry wherein females are mated by multiple males. T
Call for Entries: Ocean Film Challenge
Do you want to see your film shown as a headline event during the Environmental Film Festival, the International Wildlife Film Festival and AudFest? Now is you chance if you enter the Ocean Film Challenge. Hosted by Audience Awards and in conjunction with HATCH, it is now seeking entries from filmmakers showcasing “the impact humans have on the Ocean and the actions individuals can take to save the human race from extinction.”
Fourth Element re-launches Thermocline using ghost fishing nets
Fourth Element has re-launched the popular neutrally buoyant Thermocline line using recycled plastic from ghost fishing nets. The re-boot is called Thermocline - Next Generation Oceanwear. The company announced its commitment to ocean conservation in the fall of last year as well as goals to become Ocean Positive and to eliminate plastic in the packaging of all products by 2020.
Image: Gunilda by Becky Kagan Schott
Becky Kagan Schott has kindly shared the details of what went into capturing her stunning image of the salon of the Yacht Gunilda. The wreck is in Lake Superior, Canada at 270 feet in 38°F water. Becky and her team ended up spending 2 hours in the water to capture this memorable image.
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