Jim Abernethy and crew free tangled lemon shark
Our good friend Jim Abernethy over at JASA has posted a video of him and his crew catching a lemon shark in the Bahamas and removing a rope that was wrapped tightly around its head. Jim writes:
The rope was buried roughly an inch under the lemon’s skin, which had obviously continued to grow over it. It must have been there for years. Located in front of the pectoral fins I could see that it was cutting into the gills as well… As I held her still, crew member Sean Payne cut the line with a knife. I immediately pushed her back in the water and watched her swim off knowing she now had many years ahead of her. The total time out of the water was one minute and three seconds.
Memorial service for Sascha Dambach in Indonesia
Steve Fish has posted links to videos celebrating the life of Kararu’s Sascha Dambach, who passed away in a motorcycle accident earlier this month.
The Memorial service for Sascha on Voyager at Tulamben April 11 was very well attended. After the service Sascha’s ashes were spread in the sea he loved so much… Loads of people had responded to Berkley White’s call for images of Sascha and we were able to put a multimedia presentation up at the party. I’ve posted it on YouTube for all to share… To see it in order, first watch the “Intro to Remembering Sascha”, then the main event: “Remembering Sascha”. We were also fortunate to get a video clip that was recorded last summer when Sascha attended a meditation course in Ubud and I have also uploaded it. It’s pure Sascha and very poignant considering the circumstances.
Rumor: Nikon D5000 SLR with articulating display announced tomorrow?
A Japanese retailer accidentally released details of the new Nikon D5000 digital SLR. Engadget writes, “the rumored DSLR with articulating 2.7-inch display is indeed real, and most likely set to be announced at tomorrow’s Austrian press event. Apart from the movable screen, it looks like the D5000 will be a pretty hot blend of the D60 and D90, complete with D-movie mode, 11-point AF system, and ISO 3200 sensitivity, all for a body-only price of ¥76,320 ($762).”
The articulating screen won’t be so useful for underwater photographers, but it’s likely that the D5000 will compete well against the Canon 500D / Digital Rebel T1i, Canon’s new 15 megapixel, entry-level DSLR that features H.264 HD video capture at 1080p/20fps and 720p/30fps ($799).
UPDATE: The Nikon D5000 has been announced and previewed at DPReview.
Patch applied to prevent PM spam
As most of you know, the software we use to run the forum has recently been under attack by a new way of spamming that involves humans (to get by the validation process) and automated bots. Other forums that run the same software have reported similar issues.
We have applied a software patch that does PM flood control on the PM screen, which means that members will not be able to send more than 1 personal message every 6 minutes. This will ensure that bots cannot PM spam anymore. In addition, we have disabled BBCODE in the PM system, so it will be impossible to send formatted text (or active links) in personal messages. Continue reading for full details…
Aphrodite Shoot Out, Cyprus, June 1-6, 2009
The first Aphrodite, the Cyprus Experience underwater photography shoot-out will take place between 1st & 6th June 2009 in Larnaka, Cyprus, Greece. In addition to more traditional shoot categories including two focused around the famous Zenobia wreck, photographers will be encouraged to enter the “Fashion & Nudity” category, named in honor of the late British underwater photographer and film-maker Mike Portelly.
Prizes include a 5000 Euro cash prize and 3 week trip for two to Papua New Guinea, worth $20000 USD.
Diving Almanac 2009 Published
The 2009 edition of the Diving Almanac and Book of Records, edited by Jeffrey Gallant, is now published and available. The Diving Almanac & Book of Records is the only almanac on the diving world covering history, training, medicine, federations, equipment, marine biology, oceanography, yearbook, book of records - with 500 diving records, and who’s who of the international diving community, now featuring 600 personalities.
New features for the 2009 edition include the Dive Business Directory (The ‘Yellow Pages’ of Diving), a totally new Photo/Video chapter by Wetpixel’s Dr. Alex Mustard, a 100-page Year in Review (Sept. 2007 to Dec. 2008). All of the original contributors from the 2008 edition - including DAN (Divers Alert Network), TDI/SDI, the Historical Diving Society, and CMAS are also back.
BLUE Ocean Film Festival open for submissions and registration
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival will take place in Savannah, Georgia on 11-14 June 2009 and is now open for film submissions and early bird registration. The Festival aims to share films and photography that inspire people to protect our oceans and the life within.
BLUE offers a rare opportunity to network with not only fellow filmmakers & photographers but also leading broadcast commissioners and producers, veteran photography & filmmaker icons, esteemed marine researchers and ocean conservation leaders in an intimate and relaxed setting focused on honoring and promoting ocean filmmaking & photography skills and conservation messaging.
Celebrate the Sea 09 - Call for entries
Celebrate The Sea 2009 Festival is calling for entries to its prestigious photography and video competitions, which offer over $50000 in prizes. Entries must be received by 1st May 2009 for the Festival, now in its eight year, which will be held from 12-14 June, Manila Ocean Park, Manila, Philippines.
The competition will be judged by some of the top underwater image makers, including Peter Scoones, Phil Nyutten, David Doubilet, Daniel Mecier, Michael AW and Scott Tuason. Finalists will be displayed in special galleries and viewed by more than 16000 people; the festival offers unrivalled international exposure. The winners will also be published in Ocean Geographic, Action Asia, Scuba Diver Australasia and Asian Geographic magazines.
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