Cayman’s Kittiwake toppled onto port side after tropical storm Nate
The USS Kittiwake, one of Cayman’s most popular dive sites, has been toppled onto its port side following the onslaught of tropical storm Nate. Eyewitnesses that dove the site on sunday report that the decommissioned ship is resting along the reef and appears to have impacted the dive site known as San Chute more than once. The artificial reef was sunk in 2011 at a depth of 64-feet, but now appears to be sitting 20-feet deeper.
Wetpixel review: Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom Part 2
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon also presents a review of the Loupedeck photo editing console for Adobe Lightroom. He has used it to process a large number of images taken during the Wetpixel Whale Sharks trip as well as for processing images from two other large shoots. He found that the device made image editing more visual, which helped the creative process.
Wetpixel review: Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom Part 1
Underwater photographer and educator, Alex Tyrrell presents part 1 of a review of the Loupedeck photo editing console for Adobe Lightroom. He has used the device extensively to process and edit large numbers of images. Typically, he found that it accelerates and enhances his editing workflows. Please click here for part 2 of the review.
National Geographic’s Ocean Odyssey opens in Times Square
National Geographic’s virtual reality aquarium, Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, has opened in Times Square New York City. Each and every sea creature has been animated by the Game of Thrones animation team. Additionally, Grammy-winning composer David Kahne composed some original music for the “aquarium”. Tickets are just under $40 and 27 percent of ticket sale go to National Geographic Society’s mission of conservation.
Misool Foundation to host fundraiser in Portland
The Misool Foundation has announced that they will be holding a fundraiser in conjunction with WildAid in Portland, OR on 2 November 2017. The event is being supported by Patagonia and will be held in the Patagonia store at 1106 West Burnside Street. The $48 admission fee will go towards Foundation, and there is the opportunity to enter a raffle for a stay at the resort.
Opinions required: Fishing Goliath Grouper in Florida
The Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) is holding public consultations to discuss the possibility of allowing a “limited open season” for fishing goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara). These include public meetings in a wide variety of venues throughout the state, along with an online workshop and an online survey. If implemented, the proposed kill will exterminate most of Florida’s breeding population of the groupers, destroying 27 years of conservation management effort.
Nauticam announces housing for Nikon D850
Nauticam has announced their housing for the Nikon D850 SLR camera. The NA-D850 ships with a manual opto-electrical converter and there is an optional TTL version. The control layout features a redesigned AF mode lever and there is a double thumb lever accessing playback and Fn2 assignable controls.
Scientists believe amoeba is culprit of thousands of shark deaths in Bay Area
Since July of this year, scientists estimate 2,000 leopard sharks have died as the result of a parasite eating away at their brain. While leopard sharks seem to be the marine species most affected by the parasite, large numbers of dead bat rays, striped bass, smooth hound sharks, and halibut have been recorded. The parasite is similar to the common amoeba and enters through the shark’s nose to enter the brain where it slowly eats away at it until the shark succumbs to it. The parasite is known by its scientific name as Miamiensis avidus.
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