New Access Restrictions for Three Sisters Springs
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced new restriction on access to the Three Sisters Springs. Manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) visit the springs during cold weather periods. New studies have shown that when Gulf water temperatures at Shell Island dropped to below 17°C, this increased manatee numbers in the Spring. Hence the FWS will close the Spring to visitors when water temperatures at Shell Island drop below 17°C and only reopen when it rises above that temperature for 24 hours or longer.
Anilao Shootout commences on 28 November
The Philippines Department of Tourism has announced that the 2017 Anilao Underwater Shootout is due to begin on 28 November. It is open to entries from registered participants from that date through to 1 December. Images must have been taken in Anilao region, Philippines during the contest period. The host resort is the Acacia Resort and Dive Center, with other resorts in the area offering accommodation and diving packages too.
Call for Participants: The Shootout 2018
The SHOOTOUT returns from 15 to 23 June 2018, with teams at Gulen Dive Resort, Norway Lembeh Resort, Indonesia pitted head to head in a live shootout. If you think that you may have what it takes to help a team to triumph (and to win some great prizes) the participating resorts are offering some attractive diving and accommodation packages.
Bali’s Mount Agung erupts
It was reported 3 hours ago that, after months of increase seismic activity, Bali’s Mount Agung has erupted. Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency said the eruption remained small so far but the volcano was emitting a thick grey ash cloud blowing to the East and South-East. Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport remains open and alert levels have not been changed.
Mexico expands Revillagigedos Marine Park
Mexico has announced a significant expansion to the Revillagigedos Marine Park. This will cover 57,000 square miles (147,630 square Kilometers) around Socorro, Roca Partida, San Benedicto and Clarion islands. Previously, the area, named as a World Heritage Site in 2016, only had a small protected area that extended 6 miles (9.7 Km) off the coast of each island. (Image from Shutterstock)
Sony announces Imaging Edge app
TRT ships the o-TURTLE 45 TTL trigger for Olympus PT housings
TRT-Electronics has designed a new version of their TTL trigger for Olympus MILC cameras when housed in Olympus PT series housings. These have an angled space designed to accommodate Olympus strobes, which the new o-TURTLE mimics. The o-TURTLE 45’s performance is identical to that of the original o-TURTLE, bar that it has a smaller battery.
Update on Fiji Siren
Yesterday, Worldwide Dive and Sail (WWDS) announced that the Fiji Siren had been lost at sea during its current charter. As the organization has begun investigations into the incident, a statement was released today with more details about the circumstance. Again, Wetpixel is relieved to report that all crew and passengers are safe and unharmed.
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- Bioluminescence: nature lights up (via BBC)
- Chernobyl mammals tracked in snow (via BBC)
- Audio slideshow: Exploring Africa (via BBC)
- The amazing wildlife of Africa (via BBC)
- The secret lives of giants (via BBC)
- In pictures: midwinter magic (via BBC)
- Jack W. Lavanchy awarded EUF Honorary Vice President title (via African Diver)
- Mapping the world’s vertebrates (via BBC)