Scientists find that sea turtles have evolved to use flippers like hands
In a just published study, scientists have found that sea turtles have evolved to use their flippers like hands in foraging and consuming prey. The scientists even observed instances where sea turtles “karate chopped” their prey. The findings are suprising as scientists long believed the brains of sea turtles were too small to learn tasks such as using their flippers for manipulating prey in addition to locomotion.
Book: The 50 Best Dives in Indonesia
Authors Tim Rock and Simon Pridmore have announced that their guidebook to Indonesia diving is now available. “The 50 Best Dives in Indonesia” has full color throughout with 220 pages, maps and over 270 images. If your favorite dive site has not been included, the authors suggest that it was number 51…..
GoPro announces the HERO entry level action cam
Initiative “Women Photograph” offers $35k in grants to female photojournalists
“Women Photograph”, an initiative launched in 2017 to support emerging and established female photojournalists, has teamed with Nikon and Getty Images to award $35,000 US in grants. Five grants of $5,000 US each will be awarded, as well as one grant of $10,000 US to a photographer nearing completion of a photography project. There is no fee to apply and submissions open April 1 and close May 15.
Canon announces the EOS C700 FF digital cinema camera
Canon has announced a full frame sensor version of their EOS C700 digital cinema camera. The EOS C700 FF’s sensor is sized at 952 (H) x 3140 (V) photosites with a digital cinema 17:9 aspect ratio. It is available with either PL or EF lens mounts (interchangeable at Canon service centers) and can record in either Canon XF-AVC or Apple ProRes formats to CFast cards.
Australian lawmakers enact largest removal of conservation zones in the world
Via some deft political maneuvering, the Australian government has railroaded through new legislation that removes protections from sensitive marine environments. Opponents of the move are calling it the largest unwinding of conservation zones in world history, at least by area, exceeding the Trump administration’s downsizing of two national parks to make way for mining. For updates and ways to protest this decision, please see this thread in the Wetpixel forum.
RED announces Gemini low light sensor
RED Digital Cinema are shipping a new low light sensor for the EPIC-W brain. It is a 15.4 MP 5K Super 35mm sensor called Gemini. RED notes that this offers around 2 stops of improved low light performance (at the expense of clipping the highlights 2 stops earlier). Control is via DSMC2, it is compatible with RED’s family of OLPF filters and has interchangeable lens mounts.
Arctic sea ice extent among lowest on record
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has recorded that on 17 March, the Arctic sea ice pack reached its likely maximum extent for 2018. The area is 14.48 million square kilometers (5.59 million square miles) which is the second lowest in the 39 year satellite record. In the Southern hemisphere, the minimum extent of sea ice was recorded on 20 and 21 February, with it also being the second lowest in the satellite record.
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