ROV support vehicle catches rare oarfish
The crew of the ROV vessel HOS Innovator and the Saipem Innovator 9 ROV recently encountered and caught a rare oarfish at the surface near their boat - over 100 miles off the coast south of New Orleans.
The fish measured at over seven feet in length, but weighed only about six pounds, and has been preserved for donation to a research organization or aquarium for study. Crew member Dick Elliott took a few photographs of the experience - continue reading to view them…
Diving Clipperton Island video preview
Mary Lynn Price, producer of DiveFilm, has posted a 5-minute video preview of her recent trip to Clipperton Island, which includes an interview in Spanish with Roberto Chavez Arce, one of the Mexican divers and explorers on the trip. Arce talks about the need for protection of the island and surrounding reefs (no subtitles—I hope your Spanish is good). There is plenty of underwater video footage that accompanies the interview, which shows the beauty of the reefs around Clipperton.
Shark documentary to be featured at NCUPS
The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS) will be presenting a free showing of Sharks: Stewards of the Reef on Friday, May 11, 2007 in Millbrae, CA. The 30-minute documentary film, by David McGuire of Trillium Films, details the relationship between reef sharks and their environment, and the danger of forever losing both:
From over-fishing and the economics behind shark finning, to the escalating threats of habitat destruction, Sharks: Stewards of the Reef, examines the forces causing shark populations to plummet. Humans are now the top predators of the oceans and we are removing a critical link in the oceanic ecosystem.
Continue reading for the press release from NCUPS…
DEEP Indonesia 2007 winners exhibition
The organizers of the DEEP Indonesia 2007 Exhibition have posted coverage of the event, and they include a look at the very spacious display area for the prints of the winning images from the Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide DEEP Indonesia Competition.
The photos received excellent exposure - nearly 7000 visitors attended over the show’s four-day run. Continue to view the images…
National Association of Broadcasters Show 2007
Wetpixel conservation moderator and videographer Shawn Heinrichs attended the recent National Association of Broadcasters show held in Las Vegas from April 16-19. He came back with thoroughly researched impressions of some of the items on display, including the Sony XDCAM EX, Apple’s Final Cut Pro 6, and Color.
“This is a big show with every serious company engaged in broadcast and post production in attendance.” Continue reading for information and photos of many new or updated products, and Shawn’s feedback from some of the developers…
Solmar V launches new website, gives away free stuff
The new owners of the M/V Solmar V (the boat Wetpixel is taking to the Socorro and Revillagigedos islands in February of 2008) have launched a new website, designed by Wetpixel member Bonnie Pelnar.
As part of the celebration, they are offering several incentives to help everyone get as excited about the upcoming year as they are. Solmar V is giving away four free trips (and more)! Continue reading for the full release…
ADEX Wetpixel meetup, Bangkok, April 28
ADEX is this weekend and quite a few Wetpixel members are going to be attending, Barring any other event, Wetpixel will be hosting a meet-up at Admaker Bar, 51/51 Lang Suan Road. at 8.30pm on Saturday, April 28, 2007, for drinks. The first round will be on Wetpixel, and Drew Wong will be our man on the ground with the credit card. Jason Heller will also be there, representing DivePhotoGuide, and will be sponsoring the second round of drinks. Please see the discussion topic for final place and time.
Check out photos from ADEX 2006 and see a photo of Wetpixel member Peter Mooney falling out of a bar window onto the sidewalk (well, a re-enactment, anyway—I was laughing too hard to photograph the actual event).
Socorro and Revillagigedos Islands, Feb 2-10, 2008
Join Wetpixel and photographers Eric Cheng and Dr. Alexander Mustard on an expedition aboard the M/V Solmar V to the Revillagigedos Islands (also known as the Socorro Islands), 250 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, from February 2-10, 2008.
On a single exploratory trip in December of 2006, we had hours in the water with multiple manta rays, who repeatedly approached within touching distance to play in our bubbles. The manta rays are there to be cleaned by clarion angelfish, and are what the islands are best known for. We also had underwater encounters with schools of tuna and jacks, whale sharks, white-tip reef sharks, friendly groupers, and much more. The underwater topography of the Revillagigedos Islands is an incredible site to behold…
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