Wetpixel Guide: Your new housing
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon provides some guidance and critical steps for those fortunate enough to have received new camera and housing systems over the holiday period. Whilst new normally means waterproof, there are few checks and set up steps that are worth performing before the system gets used for its first real dive.
New species of lanternshark described
Researchers have discovered a new species of lanternshark. Etmopterus benchleyi or the ninja lanternshark has been described in a paper (pdf) published in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. It is found at great depths in the central eastern Pacific, and have tiny bioluminescent dots all over their bodies.
Borneo From Below: Shark Special
Episode 20 of Borneo from Below has now been released. This week features a Borneo Shark Special. Sharks are part of the draw to Borneo for divers, but their populations worldwide are in peril. Bertie investigates what is being done to save them.
Report: Silence of the Sharks
The first Silence of the Sharks protest dive was held in the Red Sea resort of Eilat, Israel. 87 divers dived together on the wreck of the Satil to protest the against shark finning and to raise awareness of the plight of sharks in the marine ecosystem. Further protests are planned around the globe, including a dive with 500 divers in the Mediterranean in October 2016.
Ikelite is shipping housing for Sony Alpha a7 II, a7R II, a7S II
Ikelite has announced the release of their housing for the Sony a7 II, a7R II, a7S II cameras. Ikelite has managed to incorporate TTL flash syncing. Constructed from the new grey polycarbonate announced at DEMA, the housing mimics the control placements on the camera wherever possible.
Wishing the Wetpixel community the very happiest of holiday seasons. We hope that you are able to enjoy the season with friends and family and if you are lucky enough to be underwater somewhere, may your imaging opportunities be stunning!
Shooting split shots of icebergs with a custom housing rig
Photographer Steve Mandel used a custom rig for his Canon 5D Mark III to shoot split shots of icebergs during a recent trip to Antarctica. The housing sat at an angle on a bracket at the end of a 7-foot long pole while resting upon custom legs on the side of the zodiac. He used the CamRanger app to control the camera with an iPad mini.
Video: Argonaut aggregation near the surface
Earth Touch News has shared an incredibly rare video of an aggregation of female argonauts, also known as paper nautilus, close to the surface on their Wild Ocean channel. These creatures appear to be very similar to chambered nautilus, but in fact more closely resemble bottom dwelling octopus. Encounters with these animals are very uncommon, and to see a grouping like this is spectacular. (Image from Shutterstock)
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