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Shark Repellent Deemed a Breakthrough

AP has an article about a new shark repellent tested in the waters of Bimini. While visiting Dr. Samuel Gruber a few weeks ago, I saw demo footage that was very impressive indeed. One drop per minute into open water above a hang bait will keep all sharks away, and not only to sharks avoid the bait, they vacate the area altogether. A full squirt of the stuff will make sharks evacuate the area at high speed, staying away for a full 15 minutes.

The testing was done at BBFS, where I covered Gruber's PIT Tagging program. The researchers are now planning on testing the repellent on larger sharks like great hammerheads and tigers. By the way, the photo in the AP article shows the repellent waking a shark up out of tonic immobility.

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Aquatica A300 Housing Review Photo

Aquatica A300 Housing Review

Aquatica was very kind to rush ship me the A300 housing so I would have it in time for my Thailand trip while they continued work on a few details. I reconfigured the shutter release before spending a couple of wonderful weeks diving the Similan Islands with it.

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Aquatica A300 Reviewed by Herb Ko Photo

Aquatica A300 Reviewed by Herb Ko

Aquatica was very kind to rush ship me the A300 housing so I would have it in time for my Thailand trip while they continued work on a few details. I reconfigured the shutter release before spending a couple of wonderful weeks diving the Similan Islands with it.

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Gates announces new Canon GL2 / XM2 / XV2 housing Photo

Gates announces new Canon GL2 / XM2 / XV2 housing

San Diego, CA - July 9th, 2004 - Gates Underwater Products, the global leader in reliable underwater housings, is pleased to announce the availability of a new housing for the Canon GL2 / XM2 / XV2 cameras. Compatible with Fathom Imaging ports, the GL2 / XM2 / XV2 housing is another fine member of the Gates family of professional-grade underwater video systems providing fine creative control of marine images.

The GL2 / XM2 / XV2 includes many Gates hallmark traits, including reliable fingertip mechanical controls, durable

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POTW Rehash

Hey, guys. Sorry for the delays in getting the POTW running in a more timely fashion. Wetpixel moderator Herb Ko has agreed to help us out with running the POTW, so things should be smoother in the future. Thank you, Herb!

Also, there seems to be some confusion in POTW rules. I've changed the wording to: "Submitted images cannot be prior competition or Wetpixel POTW winners. Any one person may win up to $90/year in POTW prizes. Feel free to enter the POTW as many times as you want, as long as you do not submit images that have already won."

As long as you haven't won too many major competitions, you are free to participate in the POTW as much as you'd like to, with one caveat: you can't win more than $90 in POTW prizes per year (3 wins). If this happens, we'll probably select two winners for the week in question and award the prize to the second winner.

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Subal’s new GS Viewfinder Photo

Subal’s new GS Viewfinder

Berkley White of Backscatter (a Wetpixel sponsor) sent us images of Subal's new GS Viewfinder:

"Here's a pic of Subal's new GS Viewfinder (180 style). We will begin receiving them on D70 and 1Ds/MkII housings in a few weeks as a $960 option. The Subal Digital Rebel housing will have a new back option, but the Nikon D100 housing may or may not have an upgrade available."

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