The world’s largest man-made oyster bed could save the Chesapeake Bay
Just a few days ago the Army Corps, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Nature Conservancy and other organizations completed what is now the largest man-made oyster bed. The oyster bed is located in Harris River, a finger of the Chesapeake Bay on the eastern shore, and covers 330-acres.
Silence of the Sharks campaign launches
David Pilosof, organizer of the Eilat and World Shootout as well as large scale underwater broadcasts is organizing a series of mass protest dives to highlight the plight of sharks worldwide. Joining forces with other shark conservation organizations the Silence of the Sharks campaign kicks off on 13 November in Eilat, Israel, followed by a series of dive around the globe with a climax in October 2016.
Nauticam announces the NA-GX8 housing
Nauticam has announced their new housing for the Panasonic LUMIX GX8 mirrorless camera. It offers one handed access to key controls and a concave, larger red button for video record. It has fiber optic bulkheads for strobe triggering, the new “handle trigger” shutter release and built-in electronics for the Nauticam vacuum system, along with a port for the optional vacuum bulkhead.
Borneo from Below: Endangered turtles lay eggs in Borneo
The latest Borneo from Below web video has been posted online. This week’s episode is titled, “Endangered sea turtles lay record haul of eggs on Borneo - Episode 8”. The web series is produced by Scubazoo and features diving in Borneo.
Silvertip shark camera bump on Wild Oceans
In Earth Touch’s episode of Wild Oceans this week, a silvertip shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus) comes in for a close view of the cameraman in Southern Mozambique. Investigatory behavior by sharks is quite common, and does not mean that they are attempting to attack or bite, just that they are inquisitive.
Video: Shark Dancer
Renowned shark handler Cristina Zenato is featured in a new video by Juriaan Booij and Eddy Raphael for Huawei Mate S. The video focuses on her life passion of sharks and communicating with them through the power of touch.
Call for Entries: 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest
The 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest is calling for entries. Categories include People, Places, and Nature. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 and a three-day trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2016. The deadline for submissions is 16 November 2016.
Introducing Shark Bytes by John Bantin
Wetpixel member John Bantin has published his third book. Entitled “Shark Bytes: Tales of Diving with the Bizarre and the Beautiful”, John tells tales about diving with the apex predators and the individuals that he has bumped into along the way during his 20 year career. Illustrated with his imagery, John hopes that “this book will do something for the future well-being of sharks”.