BBC India features whale shark rescuer
BBC India has reported on the remarkable story of Dinesh Goswami of the Prakruti Nature Club, Gujarat, India who has saved over 500 whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) by persuading local fishermen and politicians to protect them. When sharks become inadvertently tangled in fishing nets, Dinesh and his team record the animals statistics and the GPS location, before cutting the nets to release them.
Acquapazza announces housing for Sony a7 Mark III
Acquapazza has announced that their new housing for the Sony a7 Mark III camera is now available. The housing has an optional angled LCD window and can be used with either the Sony HVL-F20M flash for TTL strobe triggering or a battery pack to extend the camera’s battery life for video shooting.
U.S. Embassy lifts Cozumel ferry restrictions
Snapping shrimp are the honeybees of the sea
Snapping shrimp, whose several different species are known for their pistol-like pincher movement, have another more interesting bit of trivia about them: they are eusocial. These shrimp are one of the only known marine species to share the responsibilities of raising young. This characteristic is most recognizable in honeybees. Colonies of snapping shrimp most typically live in sponges and have one queen. Scientists have recently focused on their social network.
Lightroom Coffee Break: Using the metadata painter
Video: Using the Sony a9 and tethering it to a monitor
Photographer Daniel Woods organized an underwater photo shoot with other photographers using the Sony α9. He produced a video showing some behind the scenes footage of the event. Woods tethered the camera to a monitor on the surface to better allow the models to see the resulting images and adjust their poses.
Alien Skin releases update to Exposure X3
Alien Skin has released a significant update to its Exposure X3 photo management and editing app. The Complete Workflow Update adds HSL tools, Kelvin values for accurate WB, printing directly out of the app, watermarking, collections, additional flexibility with keywords and a side by side view.
Using AIS and satellite data to track illegal fishing vessels
Conservationists are using algorithms and satellite data to help combat illegal fishing on the high seas and in marine protected areas. Environmentalists from Oceana have published data acquired from four separate case studies showing how illegal fisherman turn off their AIS (Automated Identification System) when entering marine protected waters and then turn it back after exiting. Often times these locations are home to highly lucrative fish, including tuna, sharks, and other protected fisheries.
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