Paper describes AquaMaps global distribution maps
A paper in the journal PLOS ONE details the work being carried out by the team at AquaMaps. This provides searchable “standardized distribution maps for over 25,000 species of fishes, marine mammals and invertebrates.” For those seeking definitive indications of a species’ distribution, the maps provide “color-coded likelihood of a species to occur in a half-degree cell, with about 50 km side length near the equator.”
Sea&Sea announces SA8 Series Ball Clamp II
Sea&Sea has announced their new SA8 Series Ball Clamp II. It can be configured in 2 ways, one providing a “solid and stable” joint with a 10° lateral movement or by being reversed, it offers up to 60° of lateral movement. Sea&Sea state that in the second position, its stability is the same as that of their Ball Clamp I.
Reef ID Books publishes Maldives reef guide
Reef ID Books has published a print version of their “Coral Reefs Maldives” marine life photo guide. It illustrates and identifies over 1200 species commonly found in the reefs and atolls of the Maldives in an easy to use graphical format. It now available in print, Kindle and iBook formats.
Sony USA announces Pro Support Program
Article: Guidelines for Photographers
Diver training agency PADI recently shared an image of a day octopus (Octopus cyanea) apparently “hitching a ride” on a Hawaiian green turtle (Chelonia mydas) on its Facebook page. Once they realized the issues with the image, it was swiftly removed, The organization has issued an apology and has asked Wetpixel to provide some guidelines for underwater photographers as to how they should interact with their subjects and the marine environment.
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.
Three dead great white sharks at Gansbaai
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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