The cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay could be eliminated by budget cuts
The clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay could nearly be eliminated by the proposed budget cuts from the Trump administration. This 360 degree video from the New York Times visits the places that could be affected by these proposed cuts including an oyster restoration center and a cattle farm.
GoPro announces trade-in scheme
GoPro has announced their “TradeUp” scheme. This allows existing GoPro owners to get a $100 reduction on a new HERO5 Black, or $50 off a HERO5 Session when they trade in any older GoPro HERO model. The trade-in can be in any condition, including non-functional. The old cameras will be recycled responsibly.
Boxfish takes orders for Boxfish 360 camera
Boxfish Research has announced the Boxfish 360 immersive 360° camera. It has three frame-synced MFT cameras, with images from each combining to create single immersive, 5K 360-degree video and DNG RAW photo. Runtime is around 90 minutes and the anodized aluminum housing is rated to a depth of 300m (1000ft).
Scientists report that two thirds of GBR is bleached
Scientists from the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia have recorded more bad news for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It is undergoing a further bleaching episode, primarily in the previously unaffected middle third of the reef. The northern end was bleached in 2016, so this leaves only the southern third unaffected.
New species discovered in Easter Island
In March of this year an expedition to Easter Island concluded with a slew of new species discovered living in the island’s “twilight zone”, the area between 200 and 500 feet deep. The team consisted of scientists from the California Academy of Sciences and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and was the sixth expedition of the CAS’s Hope for Reefs initiative to study and restore coral reefs worldwide. Definitively the expedition recorded four new species of fish and one new species of sea biscuit that reside in the twilight zone.
Tutorial: Creating Custom Camera Calibration Profiles in Lightroom
Adobe’s Lightroom app offers many editing tools for image makers. One of these is the ability to generate custom color profiles for specific cameras. As underwater image makers, these profiles can help make our RAW images look more like the images we viewed on our camera’s LCD screens immediately after capturing them. Wetpixel presents a short tutorial covering the basics of creating custom camera calibration profiles.
Sony announces SSDs for external recorders
Sony has announced the release of new solid state drives (SSD) specifically designed for use with external recorders like the Atomos Ninja 2. The SV-GS96 960GB model has a 2,400 terabyte rating will allow the drive to be fully written on five days a week for ten years without failing, while the 480GB model (SV-GS48) gives about half that durability. Both models feature data protection technology and a special connecter with 6 times the durability of SATA connectors.
Auction to name a new species of sponge
An auction to benefit the Greater Farallones Association has been announced. Here is your chance to have a new species named after you. A previously undescribed species of sponge was found on the USS Independence at a depth of 2,600 feet off the Farallon Islands. The auction runs from April 13th to April 25th and the winner will name the new species of sponge, receive a photographic print of the sponge and a bound copy of the scientific publication where the sponge is described for the first time.
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