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Save our Seas: Save our Sharks Photo

Save our Seas: Save our Sharks

The Save our Seas Foundation has produced a video about shark finning that won a Panda Award at the recent Wildscreen Film Festival 2010. It is designed to highlight the alarming rate at which sharks are being killed to supply the demands for shark fin soup in the East and that this situation needs to change quickly if we want to have any chance of saving our sharks before they’re gone forever.

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Alert Diver fall issue available online Photo

Alert Diver fall issue available online

The fall 2010 issue of DAN’s Alert Diver magazine is now available online. Articles in this issue include a tribute to Wes Skiles, shark diving in the Bahamas, a personal chronicle of a coral spawning event, diving wild in Browning Pass, British Columbia and guidance for choosing and using a compact camera underwater.

The printed version of the magazine will arrive through DAN US member’s mail boxes next week.

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Nauticam announces housing for Nikon D7000 Photo

Nauticam announces housing for Nikon D7000

Nauticam has announced the imminent release of the NA-D7000 housing for the Nikon D7000 camera. The D7000 is Nikon’s new mid range camera that was released at Photokina in September. The housing is in a small form factor and features new locking latches, a new lens release lever, a new flash activation button, a new patented two stage shutter release, and an improved rear command dial control. In addition, Nauticam has used the piano key design from their NA-7D housing for the video activation lever.

The housing should be shipping by 31 November this year.

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Aquatica releases remote imaging system Photo

Aquatica releases remote imaging system

Aquatica has announced the release of a remote imaging system. The pole is designed to collapse into a short portable sections, each no longer than 24”/60cm. The system is supplied with a small external monitor and video goggles, and has a tilt mechanism to create unique filming angles and make moving subjects easier to follow.

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Visions in the Sea winners announced Photo

Visions in the Sea winners announced

Doug Robertson has been announced as the champion of the Visions in the Sea Summer Series underwater photography competition. The series of weekends held around the UK coastline provided a range of great entries including seals, tompot blennies, crustaceans, wrecks and other UK favourites but it was a Basking Shark taken off the coastline of Cornwall in June that was the overall winner. The prize was awarded at the Dive Show at the NEC in October.

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Updates from Ambon: Laha’s twilight zone Photo

Updates from Ambon: Laha’s twilight zone

The Wetpixel Ambon Night Safari is underway, please stay tuned for more updates from the field: The most well-known dive site in Ambon is called Laha. Laha is known as “Twilight Zone” by the folks who first dove it – and for good reason: its mucky slope is packed full of the strange and outrageous. When we came here in April of 2009, we enjoyed the site so much that we spent 6 full days diving its mucky slope.

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How to create a housing: Mini series Photo

How to create a housing: Mini series

Wetpixel member Jean Bruneau has written a mini series about the creation of an underwater housing over on DivePhotoGuide. Written in five chapters and covering everything from the design of a new housing all the way through to final assembly and testing, the series is being delivered in three installments. If you have ever wondered exactly how manufacturers create a housing or what actually goes in to making one, this is an excellent place to look.

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Mantas of Hanifaru: Protection from tourists? Photo

Mantas of Hanifaru: Protection from tourists?

The latest Maldive dive spot has to be Hanifaru Bay and the amazing Manta action that happens a few months of the year. It is because of the increased tourism that the area was declared protected from fishermen and Mantas put on the no-fishing list. However, this year, the influx of tourists has now increased to the point where the mantas are affected and do not congregate in the great numbers documented from previous years. Is tourism too much of a good thing that it is now a bad thing? Join the discussion in the forum as member discuss this hot topic and the solutions that have been proposed.

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