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Octopus abuse on National Geographic

Yesterday, 03:38 AM

Dear Wetpixel community,


National Geographic has decided to feature Michael B. Hardie's image of a day octopus (Octopus cyanea) apparently “hitching a ride” on a Hawaiian green turtle (Chelonia mydas) on its Facebook page.




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This image was captured by the photographer by removing the animal from the reef, taking it up into midwater in order to take pictures of it in the water column. It was then released and in its stressed state, blundered into the turtle, which resulted in this image.


Here is the photographer's own account of how the image was captured:


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Thus this image does not in any way depict natural behaviour, and shows the results of actual abuse of the animal.


If you look at the bulk of the interactions with the post on the NG page, people assume that it is naturally occurring . Surely NG should be responsible enough to ensure that the images they use to promote their Natural Photography contests should actually be natural?


Please can I ask that the Wetpixel community take the time to add a post or comment on NG's page saying that this is unacceptable please? For those that have contacts with NG, perhaps send an email?


Many thanks



Shrimp ID?

15 October 2017 - 02:42 AM

Hi all,

Does anyone have any ideas about this one?

I think it is fairly common, but dont have access to my reference library right now...

Thank you!

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Full Circle Fisheye: Yes or No?

13 October 2017 - 11:00 AM

I have been watching an interesting poll on Facebook posted by Allison Vitsky Sallmon (@vetdiver) about full circle fisheye images.




Typically this are images created with lenses with a focal length of 8mm on full frame sensor cameras and 4.5mm or so on cropped. Of course, it also also achievable using Photoshop in post.


In the interests of the poll being available for some time, I have added one here too.


It is not mandatory, but if you feel the urge, please feel free to comment on what you like/dislike about this type of image too...


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I hope for some interesting comments and debate!



Ground Rules (advertisers and readers, please read)!

05 October 2017 - 02:03 AM

Hi all,


The use of this forum has changed over time, so it is time to update Eric's original ground rules for posting in it.


The idea behind it now is simply to assist members of the Wetpixel community by offering late availability and last minute spaces on commercial trips. 


For the purpose of this forum, a commercial trip is one run by any organization that is a business, or one that an individual benefits ether financially or in terms of a reward.


If a commercial organization seeks to market trips in general, this should be carried out via paid advertising to the community. If you would like a copy of Wetpixel's media pack, please contact me.


If you have any queries as to whether a post is appropriate, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Thank you



Fang Blenny?

21 September 2017 - 10:35 AM

Hi all,


This one is driving me mad!


Taken in Lembeh, Indonesia


Any ideas (it is probably something simple?)



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Thank you