Japan slaughters 122 pregnant minke whales
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that International Whaling Commission has reported (pdf) that the Japanese whaling fleet killed 333 Antarctic minke whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) during last summer’s hunt. 122 of the whales killed were pregnant and 114 were immature. Japan justified the killings by claiming that they needed lethal sampling methods in order to sample age, size and stomach contents. (Image credit: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service)
Sony announces high resolution EVF
Sony has announced a new OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 1.6 times the resolution of existing versions. The ECX339A OLED Microdisplay is a 0.5in. display with 1600 × 1200 resolution with a refresh rate of 240fps. Sony has managed to create a pixel pitch of 6.3µm in the EVF and to maintain the same level of power use as the previous model.
Blackwater Diving: First installment of article series by Mike Bartick
This is the first installment of a series of articles by Mike Bartick of Saltwater Photo. Mike is a professional underwater photographer who is widely published and also manages the Crystal Blue Dive Resort in Anilao, Philippines. Wetpixel will be publishing a series of articles and images by Mike chock full of invaluable underwater photography tips and techniques.
Infographic: Inside Coral Bleaching by bioGraphic
bioGraphic has posted an excellent infographic called “Inside Coral Bleaching”. The graphic was rendered from a 3D model that consisted of over 20,000 images captured primarily by scientists from the 100 Islands Challenge Team. The photogrammmetry was created using Agisoft Photoscan, Blender and Cycles with animations of fish and the coral polyps expelling their zooxanthellae algae added in post.
Fantasea announces UWL-400F conversion lens
Research shows Pacific shark highway
Researchers from the University of Costa Rica along with Fundación PACÍFICO have successfully proven the existence of a 500 mile “corridor” along which shark populations move between Costa Rica and the Galapagos. The route seems to follow a series of subsurface sea mounts, giving rise to speculation as to whether these serve as navigational references or feeding sites. (Image by Andy Mann/Waitt Foundation/Pacifico)
Podcast: The Underwater Tribe Diving and Adventure episode 6
Wetpixel Moderator, Mike Veitch, has released episode 6 of the Underwater Tribe Diving and Adventure Podcast. It features long time liveboard cruise director Gary Bevan. Previous podcasts have featured Serge Abourjeily, Graham Abbott, Christian Loader, Oli Christen, and Rich Horner.
Fishermen in India are collecting and recycling ocean plastic
Several thousand fishermen in Kerala, India have begun collecting and recycling the ocean plastic they encounter each day out on the ocean. Along with several government agencies, the fishermen are trying to give back to the ocean that has provided for them by cleaning it up. This is the first recycling center in the region and it was set up specifically to combat ocean plastic. Since August of last year the fishermen have collected and recycled 65 metric tons of ocean plastic.
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