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NOAA Launches Virtual Dive Gallery Photo

NOAA Launches Virtual Dive Gallery

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has posted a Virtual Dive Gallery that features 360° virtual reality images of five U.S. National marine sanctuaries. Currently featured are: The ship graveyard of Thunder Bay in Lake Huron, the Florida Keys, Gray’s Reef in Georgia, Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico, and the coral reefs around American Samoa.

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Free Online Shark Course returns Photo

Free Online Shark Course returns

Cornell University and The University of Queensland have announced that they will be running their Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation online course again. The course starts on 25 July and is completely free, although it is possible to purchase an optional completion certificate for $49. It will run over a total of 4 weeks, with 4 to 6 hours required per week.

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Tagged:news, online course, shark biology
Jellyfish Lake closure announced Photo

Jellyfish Lake closure announced

The Republic of Palau government has announced that the famous Jellyfish Lake (Ongeim’l Tketau) will remain closed to visitors. Severe drought had affected the numbers of endemic golden jellyfish in early 2016, and the continued closure is to allow the authorities “to better understand the factors negatively impacting the Jellyfish Lake and to inform appropriate policy decisions and management actions.” (Image from Shutterstock.)

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Tagged:environment, jellyfish lake, news
How blue whales became the largest animals to ever live on earth Photo

How blue whales became the largest animals to ever live on earth

In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B scientists have zeroed in on the cause and effect of blue whales colossal size. The scientists equated whale gigantism to climatic change and greater food source. Since baleen whales such as blues, fins, and bowhead whales filter feed on small organisms, a boom in krill and other similar food sources sparked the leap to giant size. Prior to the boom, which correlated with ice sheets covering the Northern Hemisphere 4.5 million years ago, blue whales were a fraction of the size they are today.

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Video: Rare megamouth shark filmed off Japan Photo

Video: Rare megamouth shark filmed off Japan

Japanese fisherman in the Chiba prefecture caught a rare megamouth shark in their net this past week. The fishermen notified local divers to assist them in freeing the extremely rare fish from their nets and were successful as the megamouth shark swam off “vigorously”. Video of the released shark was captured by Japanese diver Hiroyuki Arakawa.

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Update on laptop ban for travelers to US Photo

Update on laptop ban for travelers to US

Time Magazine reports that following a meeting between US and EU officials in Brussels, the ban on the carriage of laptops in the cabins of aircraft on flights from Europe to the U.S.A. will not be implemented at this time. Instead, officials have agreed to improve cooperation and communication about possible security threats. It should be noted that the original ban on electrical items is still in effect for travelers from several mainly middle eastern destinations.

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Call for Beta Testers: Videux app Photo

Call for Beta Testers: Videux app

Wetpixel’s friend Chris Parsons has reached out to the Wetpixel community to ask video shooters to test the beta version of his new app, Videux. It is a video organizer, player and workflow assistant and is currently being tested for Mac only. If you have a large video library and would like to give the Videux team feedback on the beta of their app, please reach out to them.

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Tagged:beta testers, news, videux
A story of patience and perseverence behind this underwater shot of a beaver Photo

A story of patience and perseverence behind this underwater shot of a beaver

It took photographer Louis-Marie Preau four-years to get this shot of an Eurasian Beaver underwater. This shot represents the dedication of both photographer and conservationists alike. For Preau, his dedication included nightly swims in a river in the Loire region of western France that would last two to three hours. But, he finally got his shot.

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Tagged:beaver, news, underwater photo
UK-Germany announces wireless flash triggering system Photo

UK-Germany announces wireless flash triggering system

UK-Germany has announced their UK-WFT wireless flash triggering system. Deigned for pool shoots, transmitter and receiver units are connected by Nikonos cables to the camera housing/camera and to any number of flash units. The wireless units float on the surface and communicate wirelessly.

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Tagged:news, uk-germany, wireless triggers
Sony announces wide angle E-mount lenses Photo

Sony announces wide angle E-mount lenses

Sony has announced two new E-mount full frame wide angle lenses. The FE 16-35mm f2.8 is a G Master lens, with 5 aspherical elements, of which 2 are XA (extreme aspherical), reducing aberration and enhancing resolution. The FE 12-24mm f4 is light and compact with 4 elements with Nano AR coatings.

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