Scuba Diving magazine has announced the 2017 photo contest winners
Scuba Diving magazine has announced the winners to their 13th annual Through the Lens underwater photography contest. There were over 2,500 entries from all over the world in the categories of Wide-Angle, Macro, Conceptual, and Compact Camera, as well as one grand prize winner. The winner of the competition was Greg LeCoeur with an image of two gannets diving for fish off Scotland.
Fishing boat with 300 tons of fish and sharks seized in Galapagos
A Chinese fishing boat with its 20 fisherman has been seized in the Galapagos Islands. The boat held 300 tons of fish, mostly sharks, and is the largest vessel to be seized within the Islands. A judge on the island of San Cristobal has ordered the crew detained until court proceedings commence. The fishermen face up to 3 years if sentenced to trafficking protected species.
Inon announces variable color correction filter
Inon has announced a new filter system that allows the user to adjust its strength underwater. The UW Variable Red Filter has an M67 mounting thread and is designed to correct the blue color cast in blue water. It operates with two coloured circular polarising filters that can be rotated to adjust their intensity.
Cinema 5D guide to portable hard drive selection
Cinema 5D has posted an article that reminds portable hard drive users that despite the speed of the interface/connection, the actual speed it is capable of will depend on the slowest component. For example, Thunderbolt 2 protocol allows for 20 Gbps but even the fastest solid state portable drives do not achieve anything like these speeds.
Leak Insure announces bulk packs
Leak Insure has announced that they are now offering their absorbent sachets for housings in bulk value packs. They are designed to mop up small leaks and also serve as desiccants to absorb moisture trapped in the housing. The bulk packs contain either 10 Slim or Shorty sized sachets.
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New study shows high mortality rate of mako sharks
A paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that the fishing mortality rate for shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) is significantly higher than has been thought. Researchers found that 30 to 40% of satellite tagged sharks were being captured in fisheries, which when extrapolated, means that the number being killed is 10 times higher than previously believed. (Image from Shutterstock.)
Scientists think pollution is turning sea snakes black
The turtle-headed sea snake in the Pacific ocean typically is black and white striped. However, for the past several year scientists have been observing individuals of this species living in the ocean close to cities exhibiting all black coloration. Claire Goiran, of the University of New Caledonia and lead scientist for the study, believes the darker skin pigment allows the sea snakes to excrete pollutants through their skin faster than lighter colored pigments.
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