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Sea & Sea announces MDX-D7000 housing Photo

Sea & Sea announces MDX-D7000 housing

Sea & Sea has announced the release of the MDX-D7000 housing for the Nikon D7000 camera. It is machined from a solid block of aluminum, protected by a highly corrosion-resistant coating. Other features include: A port lock mechanism, two fiber optic ports and one optional electronic port and a built-in leak sensor.

Prices are still to be announced, and the housing will be available from March in the US.

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Phuket dive sites closed Photo

Phuket dive sites closed

Phuket Wan Tourism News reports that seven coral reef sites off Phuket and the Andaman Coast will be closed to divers from Friday 21 January 2011, with the intention of keeping the sites closed for up to five years. The closures are in response to the coral damage caused by the bleaching episodes during 2010. The sites affected are in Phang Nga, Krabi, Satun and Chumporn provinces, and the penalties for diving on the closed sites include a penalty of between 1000 baht and 10,000 baht.

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X-Ray Magazine issue 40 available Photo

X-Ray Magazine issue 40 available

The January/February 2011 issue of X-Ray magazine is now available for download. The magazine features articles about diving around the island of Gozo, the Kamchatka peninsula, Californian Channel Islands and Nassua, Bahamas. In addition, Joseph C. Dovala writes about “Shooting below decks”; combining wreck penetration with photography and the featured photographer is Alex Vanzetti.

X-Ray magazine issue 40 is available as a free download in pdf or iBook for iPad versions.

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David Doubilet: Relics to Reefs Photo

David Doubilet: Relics to Reefs

National Geographic has published an article about the sinking of structures to serve as artificial reefs which features David Doubilet’s underwater photography. Concentrating on the sinking of the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, off Key West, Florida, the article also talks about other recent sinkings, like the Spiegel Grove and the USS Oriskany.It concludes with a description of a dive on the somewhat eccentric Neptune Memorial reef, which is a 16 acre underwater memorial garden.

David Doubilet’s photographs illustrate the article, featuring everything from M60 tanks deliberately sunk off Alabama, to actual pictures of the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg going down. (Image by David Doubilet).

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Online magazine Anima Mundi launched Photo

Online magazine Anima Mundi launched

Andrea and Antonella Ferrari have launched a quarterly online magazine called Anima Mundi, “Adventures in Wildlife Photography”. The new publication will feature trip reports, equipment reviews, technique tips and interactive video. Although it is focused on topside photography, each issue will have at least one article on marine life or underwater photography.

Anima Mundi is available as a free full-screen pdf download.

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Underwater Journal issue 19 available Photo

Underwater Journal issue 19 available

Issue 19 of the Underwater Journal is now available for download. Articles in the first issue of 2011 include: A review of the Aquatica AN-5 housing for the Sony NEX-5 EVIL camera, Scott Gietler reviews the basics of wide-angle composition and the Parting Shot is a spectacular shot of a Harlequin Shrimp by Shaun Tierney. Destinations featured in the magazine include the Russian White Sea, Gran Canaria, and the diving around Hawaii whilst on board the Kona Aggressor II.

The Underwater Journal is free to download as a pdf document.

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Study suggests that sharks are color blind Photo

Study suggests that sharks are color blind

The BBC has reported the results of a study carried out by Nathan Scott Hart and colleagues from the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland, Australia which suggests that sharks are color blind. The scientists, who examined retinas of 17 different species of shark, discovered that the creatures had only one type of colour-sensitive cell, known as a cone cell, in their eyes whereas human eyes have three cone cell types, with each type dedicated to receiving either blue, green or red light.

The study was published in the journal Naturwissenschaften and may be used to help to avoid the by-catch of sharks by fishermen. Unfortunately, it also seems to suggest that sharks being attracted to “yum-yum yellow” is an urban myth!

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