Wetsuit renders divers virtually invisible to underwater animals
A wetsuit developed by HECS has found a way to block the electrical signals emitted from the human body. These signals are what many aquatic creatures rely upon to detect predators and prey. By blocking these signals, the wetsuit acts like a shield for the diver observing wildlife underwater.
Brooks Institute to close in fall after 70 years
The well known and regarded Brooks Institute has announced plans to close its doors on October 31st of this year. The Ventura, California based school was one of the few places that offered higher education in the field of underwater photography.
Sony releases details of X-OCN RAW format
No Film School has posted details of Sony’s new X-OCN RAW file format. It offers a compromise between file size and quality that Sony say is visually identical to F55 RAW footage. It will be available in “both ST (Standard) and LT (Light) versions, with LT coming in at about 1/3 the data rate of traditional RAW for the same settings.”
Blackmagic Design releases significant update to Resolve
Blackmagic Design has released a significant update to DaVinci Resolve. Version 12.5.1 supports Apple ProRes decoding on Windows as well as over 1,000 enhancements and 250 new features in edit, color, FX improvements, media handling and performance.
Norbert Wu’s Favorite Images: School of Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks
Norbert Wu presents the next in his series highlighting his favorite images from his career. He takes us to the Cocos Islands in the late 1980s and the large schools of scalloped hammerheads (Sphyrna lewini) that surround the islands. In his article, Norbert bemoans the “new” tradition of shark fin soup an the damage that it is causing to shark populations worldwide.
Video: The Shark Hunters by Madison Stewart
Shark conservationist and campaigner Madison Stewart has recently completed a short film documenting her interviews with shark hunters Mark the Shark of Florida and Vic Hislop of Australia. She notes that although they represent the very public face of an anachronistic activity, they are a part of an industry that continues to harvest sharks in unsustainable numbers and to deny these animal’s right to exist, even when their importance to the ecosystem is well understood.
The UK’s tallest mountain is underwater
Scientists have just returned from a deep sea exploration of four underwater mountains off the west coast of Scotland. The survey is known as The Deep Links project and is a collaboration between Plymouth University, the University of Oxford, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the British Geological Survey. What they found was an underwater realm teaming with life and many species that have yet to be scientifically described.
Greenland sharks live for over 270 years
Science reports on a new paper cataloging the longevity of Greenland sharks (Somniosus microcephalus). Danish scientists have used the presence of carbon 14 caused by the atom bomb testing on the 1960s to generate a growth curve and radiocarbon dating of eye lens nuclei from 28 female Greenland sharks to reveal that they have a life span of at least 272 years. It is conjectured that some individuals may be 400 years old.
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