Wildlife Service closes Three Sisters Springs and releases proposed management plan
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) closed the Three Sisters Springs over the weekend of 13 and 14 December, due to the cold weather causing a high concentration of manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris)). In turn this caused “high turbidity” making the area unsuitable for swimmers. If the colder weather continues, it is likely that there will be more closures in future. Please bear in mind that there are other areas where manatees can be viewed, although it will be worth checking with the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge by email prior to your visit if you are planning to go there.
Review: GoPro Professional Guide to Filmmaking
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a review of the new GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking. The cameras are now ubiquitous, and are an almost standard part of the scuba diver’s equipment. Unfortunately perhaps, the widespread availability of the cameras has not always resulted in an improvement in the films being presented! The new guide will help those new to video to capture, create and shape amazing films
Darren Jew captures world record whale image
Sea Save Foundation auction is underway
The Sea Save Foundation has launched their annual online auction. Over 50 lots, featuring trips, prints and experiences are available, with all the funds raised being used to fund Sea Save’s ongoing campaigns to educate individuals, encourage advocacy and to facilitate change in public policy. The auction ends on 16 December, so please head on over and bid soon.
Last chance to enter Ocean Views photo contest
The entry period for the 2014 Ocean Views photo contest is coming to a close. The deadline is monday December 15, 2014. Professional photographers, Amateurs, and Youth (18 and under) are welcome to enter. You may submit a total of up to 20 images for one entry fee.
Paper quantifies plastic pollution
The journal PLoS ONE has published a paper that sets out to quantify the amount of plastic pollution that exists in the world’s seas and oceans. The report is based on 24 worldwide expeditions undertaken between 2007 and 2013 which used surface netting and visual methods to quantify the extent of the pollution. The researchers came up with a statistic that suggests that there are more than 5 trillion plastic particles, weighing over 268,940 tons, floating at sea.
Video: Ocean Gravity by Guillaume Néry & Julie Gautier
Guillaume Néry & Julie Gautier have released a new freediving short film. Entitled “Ocean Gravity” it explores the weightlessness of being underwater: “Just like in the space, there isn’t anymore a top or a bottom. There isn’t anymore upside down and wrong side out. The ocean becomes cosmos, the man a satellite, and the bottom of the sea an unknown planet. Welcome in the fascinating universe of Ocean Gravity.”
Keldan ships Video 8M lights
Keldan has announced via their US distributer, Nauticam USA, that they are now shipping their Video 8M light. The “M” stands for modular as there are a variety of light modules and reflectors available for each light. There are two standard models, the Video 8M Flux and Video 8M CRI. The former has an output of 9000 lumen and the latter 8000, but at a higher CRI value, which results in more faithful rendering of colors underwater.
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- Artist Nathaniel Stern and his team make underwater scans (via )
- Japan’s prime minister confirms whale hunt to resume in… (via )
- Nikon NX-D software to be released for free in a week (via )
- Stunning school of mobula rays NG photo of the day (via )
- New TSA rules require batteries to be charged before flights (via )
- Issue 79 of Underwater Photography magazine available to download (via )
- Issue 61 of X-Ray magazine available to download (via )
- Fish are smart and feel pain (via )
- Milking a venomous stonefish (via )