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Woman rescues shark trapped in rock pool with bare hands Photo

Woman rescues shark trapped in rock pool with bare hands

Melissa Hatheier, an Australian woman who frequently swims the rock pools next to the ocean in Cronulla, Australia, rescued a 3-foot long shark that had found itself trapped in the pool. Hatheier spotted the shark and then called her daughter to come see it for herself. Once her daughter arrived, and started filming with her phone, Hatheier corralled the shark, scooped it up and threw it back into its ocean home. They are not sure whether the shark was a Port Jackson or a Wobbegong shark. They are also surprised by all the attention. Prior to the impromptu rescue they called the emergency number for expert help.

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Cayman’s Kittiwake toppled onto port side after tropical storm Nate Photo

Cayman’s Kittiwake toppled onto port side after tropical storm Nate

The USS Kittiwake, one of Cayman’s most popular dive sites, has been toppled onto its port side following the onslaught of tropical storm Nate. Eyewitnesses that dove the site on sunday report that the decommissioned ship is resting along the reef and appears to have impacted the dive site known as San Chute more than once. The artificial reef was sunk in 2011 at a depth of 64-feet, but now appears to be sitting 20-feet deeper.

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Wetpixel review: Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom Part 2 Photo

Wetpixel review: Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom Part 2

Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon also presents a review of the Loupedeck photo editing console for Adobe Lightroom. He has used it to process a large number of images taken during the Wetpixel Whale Sharks trip as well as for processing images from two other large shoots. He found that the device made image editing more visual, which helped the creative process.

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Wetpixel review: Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom Part 1 Photo

Wetpixel review: Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom Part 1

Underwater photographer and educator, Alex Tyrrell presents part 1 of a review of the Loupedeck photo editing console for Adobe Lightroom. He has used the device extensively to process and edit large numbers of images. Typically, he found that it accelerates and enhances his editing workflows. Please click here for part 2 of the review.

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National Geographic’s Ocean Odyssey opens in Times Square Photo

National Geographic’s Ocean Odyssey opens in Times Square

National Geographic’s virtual reality aquarium, Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, has opened in Times Square New York City. Each and every sea creature has been animated by the Game of Thrones animation team. Additionally, Grammy-winning composer David Kahne composed some original music for the “aquarium”. Tickets are just under $40 and 27 percent of ticket sale go to National Geographic Society’s mission of conservation.

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Misool Foundation to host fundraiser in Portland Photo

Misool Foundation to host fundraiser in Portland

The Misool Foundation has announced that they will be holding a fundraiser in conjunction with WildAid in Portland, OR on 2 November 2017. The event is being supported by Patagonia and will be held in the Patagonia store at 1106 West Burnside Street. The $48 admission fee will go towards Foundation, and there is the opportunity to enter a raffle for a stay at the resort.

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Opinions required: Fishing Goliath Grouper in Florida Photo

Opinions required: Fishing Goliath Grouper in Florida

The Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) is holding public consultations to discuss the possibility of allowing a “limited open season” for fishing goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara). These include public meetings in a wide variety of venues throughout the state, along with an online workshop and an online survey. If implemented, the proposed kill will exterminate most of Florida’s breeding population of the groupers, destroying 27 years of conservation management effort.

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Scientists believe amoeba is culprit of thousands of shark deaths in Bay Area Photo

Scientists believe amoeba is culprit of thousands of shark deaths in Bay Area

Since July of this year, scientists estimate 2,000 leopard sharks have died as the result of a parasite eating away at their brain. While leopard sharks seem to be the marine species most affected by the parasite, large numbers of dead bat rays, striped bass, smooth hound sharks, and halibut have been recorded. The parasite is similar to the common amoeba and enters through the shark’s nose to enter the brain where it slowly eats away at it until the shark succumbs to it. The parasite is known by its scientific name as Miamiensis avidus.

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