Give ‘Em the Fin this week
Sea Save are running a campaign encouraging people to give shark finning “the fin”. This asks people to upload images of themselves with a hand raised above their heads to a global mosaic on the Sea Save site. This will then go to the CITES congress in South Africa in September as an expression of public support for the protection of sharks.
Norbert Wu’s Favorite Images: Deep Sea Anglerfish
In this episode of underwater photographer Norbert Wu’s favorite images column, he talks about photographing and sampling creatures that were caught as a part of a deep sea marine biology research project. His images of the deep sea anglerfish (Melanocetus johnsoni) went on grace the cover of Time magazine in 1995 and many other publications since then too.
Final Call: SDUFEX 2016
The San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX) is making its final call for entries for the 2016 event. Selected entries will be shown at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall in San Diego, California on 7 and 8 October. For the first time, the contest is offering two cash prizes of $500 for the films selected by the audience as the best film of the evening. The deadline for submissions is 1 July.
Joe Romeiro opens trading at NASDAQ
Cinematographer and Wetpixel member Joe Romeiro rang the opening bell to commence trading at the NADAQ Market Site in Times Square today. The honor was bestowed on him in order to celebrate Discovery Communication’s Shark Week, which went to air on 26 June and will run through until 30 June.
Sea&Sea announces the MDX-D500 housing
Sea&Sea has announced details of their forthcoming housing for the Nikon D500. The MDX-D500 features Sea&Sea’s internal optical YS converter and redesigned levers for improved ergonomics. Lenses can be changed via the lens port and the camera’s diopter viewfinder is adjustable externally.
Cathay Pacific announces shark fin ban
The BBC reports that Hong Kong’s flag carrier airline Cathay Pacific has finally announced that with immediate effect it will no longer carry shark fin. Previously, the airline had refused an outline ban, but would only “transport shark fin that was sustainably sourced.”. A campaign has now forced it to ban the carriage of “all shark products on cargo and passenger flights.” (Image from Shutterstock).
WD releases Pro series drives
Western Digital has announced the My Passport Pro and My Cloud Pro drives. The former features wireless sync with compatible cameras (or wired for others) as an SD card reader and capacities of up to 3TB. The latter are optimized for importing directly from card readers and have a built-in hardware accelerated video processor, which can handle 4K streams. It is available in capacities of up to 32TB.
Funding needed: Looking for Lost Sharks
A project on the scientific crowdfunding platform, experiment, is seeking to raise $1,800 funding for the classification and naming of a new species of shark. The tentatively named ghost sharks are deep water species from the Western Indian Ocean that are now being featured in fisheries and by scientists as the tools for sampling at extreme depth are developed. As yet, they have not bene formally classified or named.
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