Humpback whales are gathering in unusually large numbers
Scientists have been observing large gatherings of humpback whales feeding together off the coast of South Africa in recent years. The size of these gatherings numbers from 20 to 200 individuals, behavior that was only known to occur recently. A recently published study in the journal PlosOne examines the hypotheses of these “super-groups”.
Interview: Kelly Cestari on surf photography
Kelly Cestari works as a full time professional surf photographer, capturing the action during the World Surf League. Based in Australia, his work takes him through Australia, USA, Europe, Tahiti, South Africa and Hawaii with the tour each year. Wetpixel caught up with Kelly and he kindly agreed to answer a few questions about his imagery and surf photography in general.
Behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil’s “O”
CNET has just published an article that goes behind the scenes of the famed Cirque du Soleil show “O”. Cirque du Soleil’s underwater show has been running for 18-years now, where it has been home at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The crew is comprised of 75 performers, and another 122 technicians who work behind the scenes, all of them scuba certified (with the exception of the wardrobe team). There are 14 safety divers who remain underwater for the entirety of the show.
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Images: Free Diving World Record under Ice
Predrag Vuckovic shares an amazing series of images taken during a successful world free diving record attempt under ice in the Lago Di Anterselva Lake in the Italian Alps. Free diver Valentina Cafolla completed a distance of 125 meters (410 feet). Predrag found the light levels under the ice challenging photographically with 50cm (1 foot 7 in) thick ice and a thick layer of snow.
Recovery of Raja Ampat reef damaged by cruise ship up to 100 years
As divers begin to assess the damage sustained to a Raja Ampat reef destroyed two-weeks ago by a cruise ship, the full extent of the reef destruction is coming into focus. On March 4th, the Caledonian Sky went off course after taking tourists on a bird-watching cruise and ran aground into one of Raja Ampat’s famously pristine reefs. The reef is irreparably damaged and could take up to “100 years” to recover.
Paper Examines Impact of Divers on Reef Sharks
A paper published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series contrasts the behavior of reef sharks that inhabit areas with high numbers of divers, with that of sharks that do not come onto contact with many divers. Undertaken at the Palmyra atoll, the study concludes that long term shark numbers and behavior is not really affected by the presence of divers.
Fantasea announces housing for Sony a6500 and a6300
Fantasea has announced its new housing for the Sony a6500 and a6300 mirrorless cameras. The housings are constructed of polycarbonate, have an M16 accessory port and two fiber optic bulkheads. Fantasea will offer an “interchangeable lens port and lens gear system” although lens support is not known at this time.
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