A shiver of 50 basking sharks off Big Sur
On thursday of this past week, squid fisherman Kevin Reynolds witnessed a shiver of basking sharks off the coast of Big Sur. Before basking sharks were hunted to near extinction for their liver oil, large schools of them, or shivers, were common off the coast of Monterey. Reynolds estimates he saw 50 basking sharks at one time.
Another rare white humpback whale spotted off Ireland
The sighting of an all white Humpback Whale off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork, Ireland has been causing quite the stir. Pat Collins and Gerard Minihane were out fishing when they spotted the albino Humpback Whale. Currently, there are only two other known albino humpback whales in the world, Migaloo of Australia and one that frequents the waters surrounding Norway.
E1 Micro 4/3s POV camera on Kickstarter
Z Camera has launched their E1 Micro 4/3s 4K camera. Compatible with all Micro 4/3s lenses, it is capable of cinema quality 4K (4096x2160) video at 24 frames per second or ultra-high definition (3840x2160) at 30 frames per second and can shoot at ISO6400, whilst maintaining high image quality.
3D scanning reefs to save them
Sly Lee is the founder of The Hydrous, a nonprofit that 3-D scans coral reefs. The Hydrous uses Autodesk software that takes 200,000 or more of coral reefs and turns them into 3-D models. These 3-D models can be compared to those made years from now of the same reef to study changes.
Panasonic announces the LUMIX GX8
Panasonic has announced the release of their LUMIX DMC-GX8 mirrorless micro 4/3s camera. It features a 20.3MP sensor with a new version of the Venus processing engine giving an ISO range of 100 up to 25600. It has 6 axis body and lens optical stabilization, and can shoot 4K video at 24/25p and 100Mbps.
Survey: Shark tourism in the Bahamas
The Cape Eleuthera Institute is investigating the economic impact that shark diving charters have on the Bahamian economy. To gauge this, they have added a short online survey for people who have either been to the Bahamas, or are planning to do so. Adding your input to this will take no more than a few minutes, and may help more sharks in the Bahamas receive protection.
Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin photographed underwater for ESPN
Recsea ships housings for Sony AX series 4K camcorders
Recsea has announced two new housings for the Sony AX series 4K camcorders. One version has a window that allows the AX30/AX33/AXP33/AXP35’s LCD screens to be used, whereas the other (for AX33/AXP33/AXP35 only) uses the camera’s viewfinder for framing. Both versions are available now.
- Local Hawaiians killing Monk Seals (via )
- Review of the Nikon AW1 (via )
- December edition of DIVEMAG now available to download (via )
- Japanese super sub discovered off Hawaii (via )
- December issue of DIVE magazine available to download (via )
- Seahorse shape aids stealth hunting techniques (via BBC)
- Protecting underwater real estate for fish (via )
- NOAA and state shark fin bans (via )
- New marine conservation zones for UK (via BBC)
- Video: Coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef (via BBC)