Sea turtle hatchlings spotted on Mumbai beach for first time after 2-year clean-up
Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchlings have been spotted for the first time in decades on a Mumbai beach that has been tirelessly cleared of debris by local volunteers. The sea turtles were spotted in the past week, and at least 80 of them made their way to the ocean from their sand nests. Versova Beach was lead in clean-up efforts by lawyer Afroz Shah over two-years ago and has seen what the United Nations describes as the “world’s largest beach cleanup project.” Olive Ridley sea turtles are the most common sea turtle in the ocean, but are still listed as a vulnerable species.
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Inon releases warming diffusers for Z330 strobe
Inon has announced the release of a pair of warming diffusers for the Z330 strobe. These modify the strobe’s color temperature output from 5500°K to 4600° and 4900°K respectively. Using these, in conjunction with setting the camera’s white balance to suit, will enhance the blue tones in an image.
Scientists find that sea turtles have evolved to use flippers like hands
In a just published study, scientists have found that sea turtles have evolved to use their flippers like hands in foraging and consuming prey. The scientists even observed instances where sea turtles “karate chopped” their prey. The findings are suprising as scientists long believed the brains of sea turtles were too small to learn tasks such as using their flippers for manipulating prey in addition to locomotion.
Book: The 50 Best Dives in Indonesia
Authors Tim Rock and Simon Pridmore have announced that their guidebook to Indonesia diving is now available. “The 50 Best Dives in Indonesia” has full color throughout with 220 pages, maps and over 270 images. If your favorite dive site has not been included, the authors suggest that it was number 51…..
GoPro announces the HERO entry level action cam
Initiative “Women Photograph” offers $35k in grants to female photojournalists
“Women Photograph”, an initiative launched in 2017 to support emerging and established female photojournalists, has teamed with Nikon and Getty Images to award $35,000 US in grants. Five grants of $5,000 US each will be awarded, as well as one grant of $10,000 US to a photographer nearing completion of a photography project. There is no fee to apply and submissions open April 1 and close May 15.
Canon announces the EOS C700 FF digital cinema camera
Canon has announced a full frame sensor version of their EOS C700 digital cinema camera. The EOS C700 FF’s sensor is sized at 952 (H) x 3140 (V) photosites with a digital cinema 17:9 aspect ratio. It is available with either PL or EF lens mounts (interchangeable at Canon service centers) and can record in either Canon XF-AVC or Apple ProRes formats to CFast cards.
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