Drone footage uncovers the function of the famous Narwhal tusk
Scientists with the World Wildlife Fund studying Narwhals in the Canadian Arctic may have just uncovered the mystery surrounding the function of the narwhal tusk. Narwhals are famous for the ivory tusk that juts out from its mouth, up to nine feet long, but the function was never proven until now. Researchers using a drone to film Narwhals recorded never before seen behavior of the whales stunning fish by smacking them with the tusk in order to more easily eat them. Image from Shutterstock.
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Paper describes AquaMaps global distribution maps
A paper in the journal PLOS ONE details the work being carried out by the team at AquaMaps. This provides searchable “standardized distribution maps for over 25,000 species of fishes, marine mammals and invertebrates.” For those seeking definitive indications of a species’ distribution, the maps provide “color-coded likelihood of a species to occur in a half-degree cell, with about 50 km side length near the equator.”
Sea&Sea announces SA8 Series Ball Clamp II
Sea&Sea has announced their new SA8 Series Ball Clamp II. It can be configured in 2 ways, one providing a “solid and stable” joint with a 10° lateral movement or by being reversed, it offers up to 60° of lateral movement. Sea&Sea state that in the second position, its stability is the same as that of their Ball Clamp I.
Reef ID Books publishes Maldives reef guide
Reef ID Books has published a print version of their “Coral Reefs Maldives” marine life photo guide. It illustrates and identifies over 1200 species commonly found in the reefs and atolls of the Maldives in an easy to use graphical format. It now available in print, Kindle and iBook formats.
Sony USA announces Pro Support Program
Article: Guidelines for Photographers
Diver training agency PADI recently shared an image of a day octopus (Octopus cyanea) apparently “hitching a ride” on a Hawaiian green turtle (Chelonia mydas) on its Facebook page. Once they realized the issues with the image, it was swiftly removed, The organization has issued an apology and has asked Wetpixel to provide some guidelines for underwater photographers as to how they should interact with their subjects and the marine environment.
France has banned the captive breeding of dolphins and whales
France has banned the keeping of dolphins of whales as well as the captive breeding of dolphins and whales, with the exception of dolphins and whale already in captivity. Additionally, direct contact between the public and these animals is banned. Facilities have six months to comply with these new regulations and three years to increase the living space of the tanks the animals live in.
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