New whale shark study utilizes citizen science
A new study in the Journal BioScience utilizes imagery taken by citizen scientists to analyze population, distribution and movement of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus). An application designed by NASA to recognize stars has been used to automatically catalog and identify sharks from images uploaded to the Wildbook for Whale Sharks. Some 30,000 individual encounters with 6,000 shark in 54 countries have been analyzed thus far.
Adobe previews Select Subject feature
Adobe has released a Photoshop Sneak Peak that showcases a forthcoming Photoshop feature developed within the company’s Sensei project. Called Select Subject, it uses machine learning to improve accuracy when selecting objects and create “intelligent” selections. It will be incorporated into a forthcoming Creative Cloud release.
Sony announces CFast memory cards
The deepest fish in the ocean has been described
On Tuesday of this week, scientists released the scientific name and description of the deepest fish in the ocean. Pseudoliparis swirei is a Snailfish that lives at the bottom of the Mariana Trench and was collected at 7,966 meters (nearly five miles) deep. The fish was originally filmed in 2014, but has only now been described. There is one other species of Snailfish living at this depth, that makes an appearance in Blue Planet II, but a specimen has yet to be collected and described.
Wetpixel announces Norway Workshop
Wetpixel is running a unique workshop in the cool clear water of Norway from 16 to 23 September 2018. Focusing on techniques and ideas to get the very best from the sometimes challenging conditions in temperate water, it will be held at the amazing Gulen Diver Resort and will be hosted by Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon.
Spanish Team wins CMAS World Championship
The CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography was held from 22 to 27 November in La Paz, Mexico. In its sixteenth year, teams from 19 countries competed for the title of World Champions. Congratulations to the winning Spanish Team and to Rafael Fernandez Caballero who was awarded the title of individual World Champion.
Evidence that the largest animal on earth is left-handed
Scientists have recently found that the largest animals on earth, blue whales, have a preferred lateralization in their movements, and it seems to be for the left side. In a study led by Ari Friedlaender with the University of California, Santa Cruz and Oregon State University three-axis accelerometers were placed on 63 blue whales in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Image from Shutterstock.
Wetpixel Guadalupe Sharks Expedition 2018
Join Wetpixel and trip leader Abi Mullens in Guadalupe, Mexico from 26 to 30 August 2018 to dive and photograph the famed Great White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) aboard the Solmar V of the Pelagic Fleet. The trip will focus on providing amazing opportunities to capture imagery of these apex predators.
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