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Paper describes AquaMaps global distribution maps Photo

Paper describes AquaMaps global distribution maps

A paper in the journal PLOS ONE details the work being carried out by the team at AquaMaps. This provides searchable “standardized distribution maps for over 25,000 species of fishes, marine mammals and invertebrates.” For those seeking definitive indications of a species’ distribution, the maps provide “color-coded likelihood of a species to occur in a half-degree cell, with about 50 km side length near the equator.”

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Article: Guidelines for Photographers Photo

Article: Guidelines for Photographers

Diver training agency PADI recently shared an image of a day octopus (Octopus cyanea) apparently “hitching a ride” on a Hawaiian green turtle (Chelonia mydas) on its Facebook page. Once they realized the issues with the image, it was swiftly removed, The organization has issued an apology and has asked Wetpixel to provide some guidelines for underwater photographers as to how they should interact with their subjects and the marine environment.

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France has banned the captive breeding of dolphins and whales Photo

France has banned the captive breeding of dolphins and whales

France has banned the keeping of dolphins of whales as well as the captive breeding of dolphins and whales, with the exception of dolphins and whale already in captivity. Additionally, direct contact between the public and these animals is banned. Facilities have six months to comply with these new regulations and three years to increase the living space of the tanks the animals live in.

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Field Review: CineBags CB27 Lens Smuggler Photo

Field Review: CineBags CB27 Lens Smuggler

One of the questions that recurs frequently in the Wetpixel forums is about getting ridiculous amounts of camera gear to remote destinations. Airlines are making it more and more difficult to travel with significant amounts of photographic equipment. The CineBags CB27 Lens Smuggler is designed to help professionals get their critical gear safely to the destination, whilst attempting to avoid the eagle eyes of the airline employees. Wetpixel was able to review the bags effectiveness during several recent trips.

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Field Review: MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L Photo

Field Review: MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L

Wetpixel reviews the MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L camera backpack. It “is designed for the traveling photographer ferrying large camera bodies and telephoto lenses in and out of airports and deep into the world’s most remote places.” It does double duty as a carry-on compatible travel bag with a fully fledged backpack on the trail. It has a “proper” carrying system which can help manage the weight of equipment that underwater image makers drag around on there travels.

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