Blennwatcher Diary: July 2013
In the first edition of the Blennywatcher Diary, Ned and Anna DeLoach discuss their surprise at discovering three species of hairy blenny at Blue Heron Bridge and challenge the Wetpixel community to discover why the Molly Miller blenny (Scartella cristata) is named as such. It also touches on their recent finds in Raja Ampat and some surprises from a night dive in Ambon.
Richard Brooks: Perceptions
Wetpixel member Richard Brooks of Lightning Strike Productions has added his short film “Perceptions” to the Wetpixel forum. It features time-lapse footage shot in Jellyfish Lake in Palau over a year and “gives an insight into the migration and light seeking behavior of the golden jellyfish that live in this incredible environment.”
Nikon shutter symphony by Benjamin Von Wong
New product: Nauticam Flash Trigger for Canon
Nauticam has announced the imminent release of its flash trigger for Canon cameras. This will allow for fiber optic strobe triggering for Canon cameras that do not have built-in flashes, or faster recycle times for those with them. The strobe trigger supports manual exposure only and will work with a wide variety of Inon and Sea & Sea strobes.
Egypt travel warnings issued
The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office is currently advising that foreign citizens should avoid traveling to some areas of Egypt in the light of the current instability. Their advice does not include travel to Red Sea resort areas: “In view of the continued unrest in Egypt, the FCO recommends against all but essential travel to Egypt except for resorts on the Red Sea in South Sinai and those resorts on the Egyptian mainland in Red Sea governorate.”
Japan in the dock: Australia and New Zealand go to court over whaling
A hearing is currently underway in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), The Hague, Netherlands which will rule over Japan’s use of a “scientific” rationale for continuing whaling in the Southern Oceans. Australia brought the case against Japan in the ICJ, which is highest court in the world. Historically, Japan has justified its whaling by using Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which allows for the harvesting of animals for research purposes.
Canon announces the EOS 70D
Canon has announced its release of the EOS 70D SLR. Positioned as a mid-level camera, it features a new APS-C 20.2 megapixel sensor with enhanced low-light performance and a native ISO range of 100-12800. It is also equipped with Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF phase detection autofocus and a new DIGIC 5+ image processor. For video, it will shoot 1080p full HD video up to 30 fps in either ALL-I or IPB codecs.
Federal government denies protection to great white sharks
The U.S. Federal National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has declined to protect great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) off the coast of California under the Endangered Species Act. This was despite there being significant scientific evidence that the Californian populations consists of less than 350 animals. (Image from Shutterstock)
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