Bird’s Head Seascape posts Natural History Notes
The Bird’s Head Seascape has posted the first of a series of Natural History Notes. Written by Dr. Richard Smith, the post discusses damselfish (Pomacentridae). He notes :”Around two hundred and fifty species, three quarters of the world’s damsels, are known to live in the Indo-West Pacific.”
Phase One releases Capture One Pro 9
Phase One is now shipping version 9 of their Capture One Pro raw converter and image editing software. New features in this iteration include a revised contrast engine, the ability to apply curves locally and the addition of a luma option to the curve tool palette. In terms of asset management, there are now new keyword tools, keyword libraries and keywords are sortable.
Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling
The Japanese government has announced that it plans to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean this year. This is in direct contravention of a ruling from the International Court of Justice. The BBC reports that the Japanese have announced a reduced quota for the number of whales killed under the guise of scientific research. (Image from Shutterstock).
Racing Extinction goes to air on 2 December
Louie Psihoyos’s and Wetpixel Moderator Shawn Heinrichs’s latest film “Racing Extinction” will be aired on Discovery on 2 December at 9PM PT in more than 220 countries. Psihoyos describes the film as: “The biggest story in the world and claims the reasons for what is happening are multi-faceted; carbon emissions, climate change, overfishing, illegal wildlife trade, habitat destruction and overconsumption are the overwhelming problems.”
Panasonic releases “Post-Focus” firmware
Panasonic has released a firmware update that will allow GX8, G7 and FZ300 users to change the focus point post capture. Essentially, once selected, post focus shoots video at 4K with a variety of focus points that can be selected and images with different focus points saved.
Borneo From Below: Cuttlefish
New paper tracks humpback movements
A new study, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal has used satellite tracking tags to study the novel migratory patterns of endangered South Pacific humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Among the unexpected findings is the fact that the whales spend time “hanging out” around seamounts during their migrations. (Image from Shutterstock)
New Anglerfish discovered in wake of Deepwater Horizon
A new species of the infamous anglerfish has been described. Three specimens were collected in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill at a depth between 2,625 and 4,265 feet below the surface.
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- Rare giant armadillo birth recorded (via BBC)
- Introducing Pure Apnea - a new freediving kid on the block (via African Diver)
- Rescued oil birds set to be released (via BBC)
- VIDEO: Dolphins surprise tourist boat (via BBC)
- Our World Underwater 2013 Coverage (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Seals judge size using whiskers (via BBC)
- Video of the Week: Indonesia's Raja Ampat (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Reward after buzzards shot dead (via BBC)