A failure to evolve may cause the Charles Darwin research station to go extinct
In an unusual twist of fate, the famed Charles Darwin Research Station of the Galapagos Islands may close by the end of the year due to failure to adapt with the times. The legacy of the research station may rest in the hands of donors as the lab is asking for nearly one million dollars in donations prior to the end of the year. Scientists claim the closure of the gift shop left them in this dire predicament.
Seals use acoustic tags to hunt more efficiently
Howard Hall commented here on Wetpixel about the proliferation of tags that are festooning some marine animals and the potential negative effects that these may have on the animals that the studiers seek to understand. A paper published recently in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B entitled Grey Seals use anthropogenic signals from acoustic tags to locate fish shows how grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) have learnt to use the signals emitted by fish tags as an aid to hunting more efficiently.
Keldan ships their Video 8X light
Keldan is now shipping their Video 8X light. Featuring a 10,000 lumen output and a new dome and lens unit, the light will burn for 42 minutes at full power. It has a 90° beam angle (in water) and a CRI of 82 at 5,000°K.
A battle to save the most endangered marine mammal: The Vaquita
The battle to save the Vaquita of the Gulf of California involves an interesting cast of characters: a Mexican drug cartel, Chinese wildlife traffickers, and an endangered fish’s swim bladder. Scientists believe the critically endangered porpoises, down to a population of 100, could become extinct within three years if drastic action is not taken.
Help the Shedd Aquarium name their famous sea otter pup
Ikelite releases MIL housings for Olympus mirrorless cameras
Ikelite has launched their MIL system for mirrorless cameras. The first two housings are for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and PEN E-PL7 cameras. The housings feature Ikelite’s TTL strobe triggering system and a new interchangeable lens system. This offers support for Olympus and Panasonic zoom, wide-angle and macro lenses.
Ikelite announces housing for Lumix LX100
Ikelite has announced their housing for the Panasonic LUMIX LX100 compact camera. As the camera features a hot shoe, Ikelite can offer their TTL strobe connection. In addition, it is compatible with wet color filter, wide-angle, and macro lenses suitable for 3.9-inch diameter ports.
Howard Hall: Tagging - a celebration of science?
Filmmaker Howard Hall explores the issues around the tagging of marine creatures for scientific research. Whilst the technology and data that tagging programs can provide is amazing, are the studies in the animals or the researchers best interests? Is the proliferation on tagging programs really giving us the scientific data we need to protect the creatures, or are we damaging the very animals we seek to protect with them?
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