After 100-years, scientists realize Chesapeake Bay Sea Nettles are their own species
Irritating and stinging sea nettles are an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay, but have found themselves the subject of a centuries-old case of mistaken identity. The sea nettles inhabiting the Chesapeake were long thought to be the same species as the Chrysaora quinquecirrha living in the Atlantic, however, some scientists decided to take a closer look. Low and behold, the newly described Bay Nettles are half the size, have half as many tentacles, and have arms that are almost twice as long as the long recognized Sea Nettle. The new species has been named Chrysaora chesapeakei, or Bay Nettle Jelly.
Interview: Dan Beecham on underwater filmmaking and Blue Planet 2
Wildlife camera operator Dan Beecham was the recipient of the BBC’s NHU bursary scheme and, over the past couple of years, has spent over 500 days in the field, working on the forthcoming Blue Planet 2 series. Wetpixel was able to catch up with him and ask him a few questions about the new series and underwater filmmaking in general.
Adelie penguins in the Antarctic suffer “catastrophic” breeding season
In the second “catastrophic” breeding season for Adelie penguins in five years, conservationists are calling for drastic measures to save the species. All but two Adelie penguin chicks have starved to death in the 2017 breeding season. The last high mortality breeding season occurred in 2015 when every single chick died. Scientists say the record amount of sea ice meant adults needed to travel farther for food as well as increased competition for a primary food source of krill from commercial fishing vessels.
Canon has announced the G1 X Mark III compact camera
Canon has announced the G1 X Mark III compact camera which features a 24.3MP APS-C sized sensor. It also has Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF and an ISO range of 100-25,600. Video is available at 1080/60P with 5 axis movie image stabilization. Canon will offer a waterproof housing (WP-DC56) for the camera too.
Guide: Diving Milne Bay by Don Silcock
This is the third in a series of articles by Don Silcock on diving and image making in the fascinating and often misunderstood Papua New Guinea. This article provides an overview to Milne Bay. If follows on from his first article Understanding PNG and second, Where to Dive in PNG and if you are interested in diving in PNG or looking for a new diving destination in SE Asia, you really should read this series of articles.
Nauticam ships housing for Nikon D7500 camera
Nauticam](http://www.nauticam.com) are shipping their NA-D7500 housing for the Nikon D7500 DX camera. It features levers for accessing key camera functions, a pushbutton for the user assignable AE-L/AF-L and a “pinky lever” for the Fn1 control.
Gates announces SPR80 travel Port Ring system
Gates Underwater Products has announced their SPR80 Stackable Port Ring system. It allows for complete modular support of a wide variety of lens options in a single package and is hence being marketed to on location traveling filmmakers as a light, comprehensive solution for many different lenses.
A diver’s POV of diving the GOM Dead Zone
There is a Dead Zone that has been occurring along the Texas and Louisiana coastline’s during the summer months since researchers started measuring it in 1985. This August, assistant professor Cameron Thrash carried a GoPro while he dove the dead zone 60 feet below the surface approximately 30 miles south of Cocodrie. A dead zone is where bacteria has depleted the water of oxygen and life fails to thrive.
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- Mexico commits to save the Vaquita (via )