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Delta Airlines begins new direct US-China route, serves shark fin soup Photo

Delta Airlines begins new direct US-China route, serves shark fin soup

Delta Airlines recently began flying a non-stop route between Atlanta, Georgia and Shanghai, China, and to commemorate the occasion, held a 10-course banquet in which they served “braised shark’s fin soup with cucumber and fish maw.”

While China decided to ban shark fin soup for the Olympics, stating that it could “greatly hurt China’s national image,” that ban has unfortunately not been extended to other events involving foreign guests.

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Aquatica announces underwater housing for Nikon D300 dSLR Photo

Aquatica announces underwater housing for Nikon D300 dSLR

Aquatica has sent us photos and details of their upcoming A300 housing for the Nikon D300 digital SLR. Featuring a 100m/300ft depth rating, the housing comes standard with two Nikonos strobe bulkheads, and offers compatibility with Aquatica’s new underwater remote trigger.

The housing also offers Main, Quick Dial, Shutter Release, and AF-Lock control access all from the right hand, and Aquatica has stated that their current ports are compatible with Nikon’s new 14-24mm wide-angle lens. Continue reading for all the images and the press release…

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Under Water, Over Land Challenge open for sign-ups, entries Photo

Under Water, Over Land Challenge open for sign-ups, entries

The Under Water, Over Land Challenge, a nature and outdoors video production contest, is now accepting sign-ups for the second challenge of 2008. UWOL offers the opportunity for documentarians, extreme sports enthuasists, sea dwellers, and other outdoor film makers to compete in a themed challenge and win prizes. Previous themes include “The Living Skies,” “Water,” “Mammals,” “Night,” and “Adventure,” with an underwater film entry by Markus Nord taking the prize for the “Night” challenge.

Continue to the UWOL website to read the rules and entry instructions, and sign up for Challenge #8 by March 31, 2008. The theme is announced on April 1, 2008, and then you’ll have until April 21, 2008 to submit your entry. Good luck!

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X-Ray Magazine #22 is available for download Photo

X-Ray Magazine #22 is available for download

X-Ray, an excellent (and free) online magazine oriented towards diving and underwater photography, has just announced the availability of issue #22. The issue includes articles on diving Brazil’s Leje de Santos and Spain’s village of Caella, the Russian submariners who visited the North Pole, species of nudibranch and the Humboldt squid, various discovered wrecks, a portfolio by Howard Schatz, and more.

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Seeking testimonials for Markus Groh, Jim Abernethy, Shear Water Photo

Seeking testimonials for Markus Groh, Jim Abernethy, Shear Water

Attention all shark divers: certain individuals have already started mudslinging in the media about February’s unfortunate shark bite accident in the Bahamas. Instead of participating in any of that, we’d like to provide a place for positive words about all parties involved.  If you have anything to say in support of Markus Groh (the diver who passed away),  Jim Abernethy,  the M/V Shear Water, or her crew, please leave a comment at the bottom of this message or contact us with your message.

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Light & Motion expands camera support for Stingray HD video housing Photo

Light & Motion expands camera support for Stingray HD video housing

Light & Motion has announced that the soon-to-ship Stingray HD video housing will be compatible with the new Sony HDR-SR11 and HDR-SR12 video camcorders. With an estimated North America shipping date for both the cameras and housing of March 21, 2008, you can plan to dive with a housed 1920x1080 HD video package utilizing an internal hard drive.

Check the Light & Motion website for a comprehensive compatibility list, or continue reading for the full press release…

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Westchester County considers banning shark fin products Photo

Westchester County considers banning shark fin products

Westchester County, just north of New York City, is considering a law to ban the sale of all shark fin products, including shark fin soup. This would be the first legislation of its kind in the United States and could create momentum to ban shark fin products in other localities.

The legislators, and this bill, deserve our support. Let’s tell them how important we think this ban is! Please ‘sign’ the letter over at the SharkSavers website. It is especially important for residents of Westchester County to show their support of this bill.

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Scubacam appointed Seacam distributor in Singapore Photo

Scubacam appointed Seacam distributor in Singapore

Seacam’s Harald Hordosh has appointed Scubacam as distributor of Seacam products in Singapore. For over two years, Scubacam has been a Seacam service partner, and the partnership has now expanded to better serve customers in the SE Asia region.  David Cheung, owner of Scubacam, is delighted to be able to provide both servicing and sale of all Seacam products.

Seacam and Scubacam will also be participating in this year Asia’s largest Dive Expo, ADEX, which will be held at the Singapore Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre from April 18-20, 2008. (Booth C13)

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Petition to protect the Blue Heron bridge Photo

Petition to protect the Blue Heron bridge

The Blue Heron bridge is located on the eastern most section of the continental United States, where the warm water of the Gulf Stream current comes in closer than any other place on the east coast. This current brings in larval animals and juveniles of tropical marine species, depositing them directly under the Blue Heron bridge. These tropical species intermingle with the temperate species normally found in this area, creating one of the most diverse marine habitats anywhere in the United States.  Some of the unusual species found at the bridge are seahorses, stargazers, flying gurnards, striated frogfish, searobins, Atlantic longarm (mimic) octopi, and much more.

If you want to help save the Blue Heron bridge from the irreparable damage caused by collectors, please sign the petition, which was originally drafted by a local attorney and distributed by Pura Vida Divers and other members of the Palm Beach Diving Association (Wetpixel has modified the wording for online use). If you would rather sign the petition in person, it can be found at Pura Vida Divers, Narcosis Dive Charters, Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures.

- SIGN PETITION HERE -

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