Video: Orcas hunting in crystal clear shallows
When Jack Preston took his drone out for only the second time, he did not expect to find Orcas hunting in the crystal clear shallows around the Mercury Islands in New Zealand. The Orcas of this area hunt stingrays in the shallows collectively, one whale pulling a stingray out from a hiding spot and another fully biting it.
Scientists stumble upon 41 perfectly preserved shipwrecks in Black Sea
A group of scientists conducting research in the Black Sea stumbled across 41 perfectly preserved thousand-year old shipwrecks off the coast of Bulgaria. The research team was using ROVs to 3-D scan the seabed in their expedition to uncover causes for sea level rise after the last ice age 20,000 years ago.
Apple releases major update to Final Cut Pro X
Apple has released the largest update to Final Cut Pro X since its release. Version 10.3 has added support for the new Touch Bar, updated the Magnetic Timeline and revamped the app’s interface. In addition, it has added support for Wide Color in compatible devices and added native support for several new video formats.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 is open for entries
Scientists track sperm whales based on dialects
When the subjects of scientist Hal Whitehead’s research expeditions, sperm whales, returned to the Galapagos Islands after a 10-year absence he quickly assembled a new team to study the old whales. However, once the team began listening to the whale vocalizations, they discovered these were not the old whales they’d previously studied. They discovered this through the whales’ dialects.
Field Review: Nikon D500
Wetpixel presents a detailed and in-depth review of the Nikon D500 SLR camera. The camera was used extensively in the field during the Wetpixel Raja Ampat Expedition and Wetpixel/Alex Mustard macro workshop in the Lembeh Straits, producing just under 8,000 images. The conclusions are detailed in the review, but if you are currently considering a new camera for use underwater, you really need to read this review.
Subal Releases Housing for Nikon DF
Subal are now shipping their housing for the Nikon DF SLR camera. It features a new locking system that reduces weight and bulk and is supplied with 2 Nikonos connectors as standard. There are two additional bulkheads for optional accessories. Subal’s TTL electro-optical converter is available as an option too.
Seacam Ships Silver Housing for EOS 5D Mark IV
Seacam are shipping their new Silver housing for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. The company has also announced that they can upgrade existing Silver EOS5DMKIII housings to work with the new camera at the factory. As some parts need to be replaced, the conversion process will not be backward compatible i.e. converted housings will no longer work with the 5D Mark III.
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