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National Geographic Best Animal Photos of 2017 Photo

National Geographic Best Animal Photos of 2017

National Geographic has released their list of 39 Best Animal Photos of 2017 from published stories of the past year. The list includes several stunning underwater images from National Geographic underwater photographers Brian Skerry, David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes, Laurent Ballesta, and Thomas Peschak, in locations such as Baja, Mexico and Tubbataha.

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Paper investigates hammerhead shark mating Photo

Paper investigates hammerhead shark mating

A paper published in the Environmental Biology of Fishes journal investigates the mating behavior of the endangered scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini). Based on observations from the Isla de Coco National Park, Costa Rica, the study utilized video of sharks copulating. (

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Inon ships UCL-90 Close Up lens Photo

Inon ships UCL-90 Close Up lens

Inon has announced the UCL-90 close up lenses. Available in M67 and LD bayonet versions, the lens offers +11 magnification with a minimum working distance of 69mm (2.7in.) with an 100mm SLR lens. Optically, it has HR glass in 3 elements in 2 groups with achromatic internal lenses and an anti reflective coating.

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A new study explores the deep sea food chain Photo

A new study explores the deep sea food chain

In a study published this month, scientists from MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) investigated the larger picture of the deep sea food chain. The study is a result of nearly thirty years of cameras being deployed for observations off the central California coast, sometimes at a depth of up to two-and a half miles deep. The ROVs revealed 242 unique feeding relationships comprised of 84 different predators and 82 different prey. Most notably, scientists have realized what an important food role jellies play in the larger food chain.

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UN seeks to protect high seas Photo

UN seeks to protect high seas

On 24 December, 140 member states of the United Nations voted to launch a 2 year process aiming to creating an international treaty to protect the high seas. This would extend protections to the oceans beyond national maritime boundaries. International waters account for over half the planet’s surface. The process will convene a two year intergovernmental conference to establish full treaty negotiations.

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Underwater photographer winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year share their process Photo

Underwater photographer winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year share their process

Underwater photographer category winners of the 2017 NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest share their processes to their winning shots. Three underwater photographers, Tony Wu, Michel Roggo, and Laurent Ballesta, each talk about working in three very different environments to achieve their winning shots. The images include sperm whales in Sri Lanka, water hyacinths in the Pantanal, and an iceberg in Antarctica.

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Aquatica ships AD850 housing for Nikon D850 Photo

Aquatica ships AD850 housing for Nikon D850

Aquatica (PDF) are shipping their housing for the Nikon D850. It is machined with Aquatica’s new 5-axis milling machine, which has made in 12% lighter than their D800/D810 housings. It features self aligning controls and ergonomic access to camera functions including a redesigned lever for AF-ON and a low profile ISO lever.

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Full details of the Inon Z330 strobe announced Photo

Full details of the Inon Z330 strobe announced

Inon has formally released the full details and specifications of their new Z330 strobe. Featuring a guide number of 33 and a native coverage of 110°, it also has a rapid quench time, an integrated heat sync, 220 lumen focus light aligned to strobe output and a redesigned control interface. There is an active thread about the Z330 in the Wetpixel forum, and Wetpixel are currently evaluating the strobes too.

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Communities agree further MPA in Raja Ampat Photo

Communities agree further MPA in Raja Ampat

In a ceremony, community officials from the villages of Pam, Saukabu, and Saupapir in the Fam (locally Pam) Archipelago of Raja Ampat signed an agreement to protect their waters with the provision of a Marine Protected Area (MPA). This agreement will now move forward through the legal process. Thereafter, the MPA can be formally declared and join the other 5 that are already established within Raja Ampat.

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