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France has banned the captive breeding of dolphins and whales Photo

France has banned the captive breeding of dolphins and whales

France has banned the keeping of dolphins of whales as well as the captive breeding of dolphins and whales, with the exception of dolphins and whale already in captivity. Additionally, direct contact between the public and these animals is banned. Facilities have six months to comply with these new regulations and three years to increase the living space of the tanks the animals live in.

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Field Review: CineBags CB27 Lens Smuggler Photo

Field Review: CineBags CB27 Lens Smuggler

One of the questions that recurs frequently in the Wetpixel forums is about getting ridiculous amounts of camera gear to remote destinations. Airlines are making it more and more difficult to travel with significant amounts of photographic equipment. The CineBags CB27 Lens Smuggler is designed to help professionals get their critical gear safely to the destination, whilst attempting to avoid the eagle eyes of the airline employees. Wetpixel was able to review the bags effectiveness during several recent trips.

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Field Review: MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L Photo

Field Review: MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L

Wetpixel reviews the MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L camera backpack. It “is designed for the traveling photographer ferrying large camera bodies and telephoto lenses in and out of airports and deep into the world’s most remote places.” It does double duty as a carry-on compatible travel bag with a fully fledged backpack on the trail. It has a “proper” carrying system which can help manage the weight of equipment that underwater image makers drag around on there travels.

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After second year of mass shark deaths in SF Bay scientists zero in on cause Photo

After second year of mass shark deaths in SF Bay scientists zero in on cause

Beginning in March, and for the second year in a row, hundreds of sharks have washed up dead or dying along the shores of the San Francisco Bay. Primarily the species that have been most affected are Leopard Sharks and Bat Rays. Mass elasmobranch die-offs have periodically been recorded in the San Francisco Bay since 1967, but scientists now think they are narrowing the possibility to one species of fungus that fatally infects the brains of these species.

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Call for entries: 2017 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Contest Photo

Call for entries: 2017 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Contest

The 2017 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Contest is calling for entries. The wide angle category is free for up to 5 entries, which must have been taken in the Raja Ampat region between August 2016 and August 2017. The contest has also added a new macro category that is only open to individuals who have booked onto several mandatory trips with the contest’s sponsor. The deadline for entries is 31 August 2017.

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Issue 79 of X-Ray Magazine is available to download Photo

Issue 79 of X-Ray Magazine is available to download

Issue 79 of X-Ray Magazine is out! This edition features articles about diving the Great Lakes, Lake Malawi and Tioman Island. Rosemary E. Lunn covers the travel restrictions for those planing a visit to Egypt’s Red Sea and Steve Lewis describes his experiences of falling foul of the US visa The featured photographer is Becky Kagan Schott and Mike Johnson covers video use in black water diving.

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