Stingray Ballet: A DSLR video Photo

Stingray Ballet: A DSLR video

Stephen Frink has posted Stingray Ballet, a video shot on a Canon 5DMKII DSLR onto YouTube. The footage was shot at Grand Cayman’s Stingray City with a 14mm lens in shallow water, using available light and the now well-known “white fin” white-balance technique.

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Shark free marinas petition: Sailfish Marina Photo

Shark free marinas petition: Sailfish Marina

Sailfish Marina and Resort, Palm Beach, Florida is owned by Carl H. Linder, number 586 in the list of the worlds richest men. As such, he has recently donated large sums of money to establish the Carl H. Linder Family Center for Reproduction of Endangered Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo and is known as a generous benefactor of the zoo. It seems a little ironic that the marina and resort he owns is responsible for the landing of critically endangered sharks, in the name of sport. It would seem that Mr. Linder is correctly intentioned, but perhaps ignorant of what goes on. In order to inform him, and to prevent further landings of sharks at Sailfish Marina, please sign the Shark-free Sailfish Marina petition.

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Blue Ocean Film Festival: Industry Showcase Photo

Blue Ocean Film Festival: Industry Showcase

Last month’s Blue Ocean Film Festival featured and industry and technology trade show, and we’ve finally updated our article to comprehensively cover latest in underwater gear and marine conservation that was on display. Better late than never, hopefully.

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Review of Nauticam 7D housing Photo

Review of Nauticam 7D housing

Lazaro Ruda has posted a comprehensive illustrated guest review of the NA-7D housing on the Nauticam USA blog. His impressions are that the housing benefits from an underwater photographers design input, with controls and functions easily accessible, and that the build quality is excellent. He found the closure latches awkward to use, and had some issues with lens controls being unintentionally activated when inserting the camera. The alligator encounter reported earlier on th wetpixel front page was filmed and shot by Lazaro using the NA-7D. The housing for the review was supplied by Reef Photo.

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Sea Shepherd updates from Taiji, Japan Photo

Sea Shepherd updates from Taiji, Japan

A group from Sea Shepherd are currently at Taiji, Japan, scene of the annual dolphin hunt. The hunt, subject of the award winning documentary The Cove, is underway again this year. The Sea Shepherd team aims to ensure that the killing of dolphins that has taken place previously, will not take place this year. They intend to do so by publicizing and photographing the events that occur, despite threats of violence and intimidation made against them. In the past, groups bearing witness to the hunt have succeeded in curtailing the hunt and in some dolphins being released. Captain Paul Watson says Sea Shepherd’s aim is:

“The key to saving the dolphins is for people to constantly be in Taiji so the slaughter is not allowed to go on out of sight of cameras and witnesses.”

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New study: “Oceans on the brink of mass extinction” Photo

New study: “Oceans on the brink of mass extinction”

Dr John Alroy, writing in the international journal Science, predicts that we are on the brink of a major extinction episode so severe that there has only been three mass extinctions on the level of the current one in the last half billion years. Dr. Alroy also predicts a dramatic change to the accepted rules of evolution, due to human behaviors and activities combined with climate change:

“What’s worrisome is that some groups permanently become dominant that otherwise wouldn’t have. So by causing this extinction, we are taking a big gamble on what kind of species will be around in the future. We don’t know how it will turn out. People don’t realize that there will be very unpredictable consequences.”

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2011 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest deadline on Monday! Photo

2011 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest deadline on Monday!

This is a reminder that submissions for the 2011 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest must be sent in by end of day Monday, September 6, 2010. Enter your best images or graphic designs and have your image printed on the 5,000 park tags that will be attached to the BCDs of visiting divers. The author of the winning design also wins an all-inclusive 10-day dive holiday to Raja Ampat, Indonesia, for two.

Entering the contest is free, so there’s nothing to lose!

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