Federal government denies protection to great white sharks
The U.S. Federal National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has declined to protect great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) off the coast of California under the Endangered Species Act. This was despite there being significant scientific evidence that the Californian populations consists of less than 350 animals. (Image from Shutterstock)
Lionfish found at depth off Florida
The submersible Antipodes has just found significant concentrations of invasive lionfish (Pterois sp.) at depths of between 100 and 265 ft off Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The fish are very efficient predators and since 1985, when they were first sighted in Florida, have been out-competing native species for prey.
Cenderawasih dive resort forced to close
Reports are coming in that Ahe Dive Resort, Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia has been forced to close by the West Papua provincial government. Ahe was owned and operated by the local West Papuan community and was known for proving tourists with access to the interactions between local fishermen and whale sharks. (Photo from Shutterstock)
Sony updates its top-end compact cameras
Sony has announced upgrades to its top-end compact cameras. The RX100 II has an 20.2 megapixel back-illuminated APS-C Exmor sensor, which gives superior low light performance. It also now has a “multi interface hot shoe and HD filming in 24p/25p. The full frame sensor RX1 has been changed to the RX1R by having its low pass filter removed, giving superior details.
Three new Asia-Pacific airlines ban shark fin as cargo
Three new Asia-Pacific based airlines have promised to ban shark fin as cargo on their planes.The latest airlines to agree to a shark fin cargo ban are Asiana, Korean Air, and Air Pacific (Fiji Airways). These airlines join Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand in their ban of shark fin on flights. (Image from Shutterstock).
Mini review: Inon E.V. dial labels
Back in February, Inon launched a poll on their Facebook page for alternative designs for their E.V. dial labels and have just released a new decal that can be fitted to the Exposure Value (E.V.) dial that aims to simplify them. Wetpixel’s Adam Hanlon got a sneak preview of them and writes a short review.
Scientists describe new species of orca
Google+ Hangout: Backing up your Photos
Wetpixel Publisher Eric Cheng has taken part in a 2 hour-long Google+ Hangout all about back up strategies for photographers. He joined Trey Ratcliff, Scott Jarvie, Dave Veffer, John Pozadzides, Peter Adams, and Scott Kublin for an extensive discussion. It includes the use of physical and cloud based storage, network attached versus direct attached drives and workflow based issues. (Image from Shutterstock).
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