Hidden Cost of Shark Fin Soup Photo

Hidden Cost of Shark Fin Soup

Shark finning articles are becoming more mainstream. The NY Times has an article about shark fishing in Manta, Ecuador, a location I have been to and documented as well.  It’s a well-written article, but I find it strange that it focuses on a place where the entire shark is actually used.  In a large market area on the beach itself, virtually every piece of the sharks pulled up are sold to locals as inexpensive meat.  Where are the mainstream articles that document shark-finning proper, where the live carcasses are discarded?

By the way, I think it’s funny that the article talked about Jackie Chan.  While I was down there, a bunch of kids kept running up to me and chanting, “Jackie Chan! Jackie Chan!”  I wanted to show them a bit of my own Jackie Chan, but their blood-smeared, knife-toting fathers were just around the corner.

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Invasive Lionfish in Florida Photo

Invasive Lionfish in Florida

During the past few years, a number of exotic marine fishes have been seen and photographed by divers off the Florida coast. The red lionfish (Pterois volitans) is one of the most abundant, and now appears to be established and reproducing off the Florida coast. Since the lionfish is a top predator, it may negatively influence the structure of fish communities in Florida reefs.

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Wetpixel.com/DivePhotoGuide Photo Contest Photo

Wetpixel.com/DivePhotoGuide Photo Contest

We’re just one month away from the deadline for Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com’s 2006 International Photo Competition!  There are dozens of amazing prizes lined up, including:

- trips to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Socorros, Galapagos, Bora Bora, Solomon Islands, Palau, and the Bahamas

- dive and photo and dive gear from Aquatica, Fantasea, Ikelite, Epoque, Nocturnal Lights, MCD, Ultralight, Backscatter, and Underwater Photo-Tech

- dive-related media from ScubaCore, Wyland, Takako Uno and Stephen Wong, Scott Tuason, Fathoms Magazine, Ocean Realm Journal, Dive Chronicles, and TheUnderwaterPhotographer.com

Winners will be announced on stage at the 2006 Our World-Underwater festival in Chicago, Illinois (February 24-26, 2006).  February 3rd is a hard deadline, so get your entries submitted!

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UwP Magazine #28 Photo

UwP Magazine #28

UwP Magazine issue 28 is now available for download.  It includes an article by our very own Dr. Alex Mustard, coverage of Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling campaign in Antarctica, numerous equipment reviews, and more.  UwP is absolutely free, and is worth every minute of its download time.

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Happy New Year, photographers!  I can’t thank everyone enough for being part of such a fantastic, global community.  Here’s to yet another year of learning through comraderie!

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Undersea Explorer tags tiger shark Photo

Undersea Explorer tags tiger shark

On Saturday 10th December, researchers onboard Undersea Explorer tagged a 2.8m male Tiger Shark (“Adam”) near Raine Island in Far North Queensland.  The shark was the seventh Tiger shark tagged during the project, which is a collaboration between Digital Dimensions, CSIRO, and Undersea Explorer.  And—very exciting: for all of us out here on the web, Adam’s movements can be tracked online.

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Vote for the new Picture of the Week

Our new, interactive Picture of the Week area is going strong!  Congratulations to Wetpixel staff member Luiz Rocha for winning the staff POTW competition, which we used as a test of the new system.  Our first general POTW competition has just entered its voting phase, and a new POTW has been kicked off with the theme, “Sharks and Rays”. 

New POTW competitions will begin every Sunday night at midnight.  Prizes are being organized, and will be retroactively awarded starting from POTW #110.

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