Final call: Our World Underwater 2017
The deadline for entries to the 2017 Our World Underwater Underwater Imaging contest (OWU) is now very close. All entries have to submitted by 11:59 PST tonight. Please upload you best images onto the contest’s website as soon as you can!
RIP Rob Stewart
After an intensive search, Rob Stewart’s body was found by an ROV close to the wreck that he and his team was diving on late on Friday afternoon. The Wetpixel communities hearts are heavy today and our thoughts and prayers go out to his many friends and family.
Paper quantifies benefits of shark diving to Bahamas economy
Urgent help needed: Rob Stewart missing off Islamorada, Florida
Environmentalist, shark activist and filmmaker Rob Stewart did not return from a dive off Islamorada in the Florida Keys yesterday. Search assets are being mobilised now, and if you have a boat or skills that may be useful in a search and recovery operation, please contact the Florida Coast Guard centre or if you are at sea, the cutter Charles Sexton on channel 16.
Results of World Shoot Out announced
The 2017 World Shootout announced its results live on stage at the BOOT Show last weekend. The individual “Best of Show” went Virginia Salzedo and the U.S.A. Team won the Global Championship. Congratulations to all those that were placed and especially to the many Wetpixel members in the rankings!
Retra provides full specifications for their Flash
Further to Alex Mustard’s preview of the new Retra Flash, the company has released details about it too. The new strobe offers electrical or optical triggering with the latter having S-TTL available. Crucially, Retra have attempted to provide a smooth even light source, emphasizing the quality of light that it produces.
Boxer crabs harbor their own species of anemone
In a new study published in the PeerJ journal, scientists have found that boxer crabs in the Red Sea hold an anemone species that does not occur on its own in the wild. Study author Yisrael Schnytzer, of Israel’s Bar Ilan University found that boxer crabs held clones of single anemones in both claws as well as between individuals. The scientists also found that if the Lybia crabs had only one anemone in a claw, they would tear the anemone in two, stimulating the anemone to regenerate into two new clones of the original anemone.
Preview: Retra Strobe by Alex Mustard
Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard has provided a preview of the forthcoming Retra strobe. Any new strobe release is big news in the underwater imaging world and Retra has set out to produce an innovative new product. Alex was able to test a working prototype during his recent trip to the Bahamas.
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