Cruise Ship owners fined for reef damage
The operators of the cruise ship that struck the reef at Crossover off Kri, Raja Ampat in March have been fined Rp6 trillion (around US$450 million) according to Tempo. The Indonesian government is seeking this sum from the owners of the Caledonian Sky basing its calculation on four components to damages: ecosystem, economy and society, ecosystem rehabilitation costs and damage claim costs.
Issue 27 of Anima Mundi Magazine available
ssue 27 of Anima Mundi magazine is now available to download. Featured in this issue are: The jaguars of the Peruvian Amazon, a trip report from the Etosha National Park, the Changeable Hawk Eagle, a portfolio by amateur macro photographer Karthikeyan Shanmugasundaram and an essay about North Carolina’s sand tiger sharks by Tanya Houppermans.
Close Focus: Rig Diver by Alex Mustard
Wetpixel, in conjunction with PADI, has launched a series of columns discussing the stories behind great images. The goal is to show how amazing imagery does not normally occur by chance, but is due to dedicate, technique, research and experience. The profusion of and accessibility to underwater imagery has lead to a misbelief that achieving great imagery is somehow “easy.” In this inaugural edition, Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard, talks about how he achieved his award winning image of a cormorant hunting beneath an oil rig off California.
SwellPro announces Splash Drone 3
SwellPro has announced a new amphibious drone. The SwellPro Auto 3 can land and take off from/in the water and is equipped with a camera with a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor on a waterproof gimble. It can capture 4K video and 14 MP stills. It can fly in winds up to Beaufort Force 4 and has a 16 minute flight time per charge.
Winners of the 2017 University of Miami Underwater Photography Contest announced
The winners of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science 2017 Annual Underwater Photography Contest have been announced. Marchione Giacomo’s photograph of a cleaner shrimp (Periclimenes venustus) on the tip of a black-saddle snake eel (Ophichthus cephalozona) sticking out of the sand in Raja Ampat was the overall winner.
tutvid posts 4 hours of free Photoshop tutorials
NOAA Launches Virtual Dive Gallery
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has posted a Virtual Dive Gallery that features 360° virtual reality images of five U.S. National marine sanctuaries. Currently featured are: The ship graveyard of Thunder Bay in Lake Huron, the Florida Keys, Gray’s Reef in Georgia, Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico, and the coral reefs around American Samoa.
Free Online Shark Course returns
Cornell University and The University of Queensland have announced that they will be running their Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation online course again. The course starts on 25 July and is completely free, although it is possible to purchase an optional completion certificate for $49. It will run over a total of 4 weeks, with 4 to 6 hours required per week.
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