New marine sanctuary established in Galapagos Islands
The government of Ecuador announced yesterday plans to establish a marine sanctuary around the islands of Wolf and Darwin in the Galapagos Islands. Although the waters surrounding the famous islands have been protected since 1998 under the Galapagos Marine Reserve, small scale fishing was still permitted throughout most of the waters. This new sanctuary will establish strict no-take zones.
Polaroid develops underwater housings
Veteran camera equipment manufacturers Polaroid has launched a range of polycarbonate housings for compact, mirrorless and SLR cameras. Variously reated to between 130 and 160 feet (40 to 50m), the housings have a fixed port, so work with specific lens combinations. The company will offer housings for cameras from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony.
Adobe adds Technology Previews to Lightroom on the Web
Adobe has added a new feature to its Lightroom on the Web service. “Technology Previews” are where Adobe will allow user to test drive new functionalities before they are incorporated into final versions. The current new technology is a search function that uses Adobe’s new image analysis technology to locate images.
Okhotsk Sea Museum issues apology for offensive photo contest winning choice
The Japanese museum, Okhotsk Sea Museum, that put on a photo contest and chose a man standing on a dead whale as its winning image has issued an apology. The apology comes after the public reacted with strong negativity to the museum’s choice. In addition to an apology, the prize has been revoked and this year’s contest is cancelled.
Over half the world population of right whales return to Cape Cod
The numbers of north atlantic right whales have been rebounding in recent years and almost half of the worldwide population of 500 whales have been returned to the waters off Massachusetts. The large numbers this year is especially welcomed as it is a stark contrast to the less than 30 whales a year sighted in the nineties in these waters. Right whales have rebounded after whalers nearly hunted them to extinction for their oil and bone.
New World releases iBook version of Caribbean Reef Fish ID
New World Publications has released their Reef Fish ID - Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas book as an iBook, specifically designed for use with an iPad. It has enhanced navigation and functionality, including touch functions, as well as a revised layout which provides each species with its own pages.
SeaWorld announces end of orca captive breeding program
SeaWorld CEO, Joel Manby has announced today that the company will end its controversial orca breeding program. Given that SeaWorld does not catch wild orcas for use in its shows, this means that when the current animals in their tanks die they will not be replaced and the shows will cease. (Image by Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com).
Behind the Shot of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 winner
Davide Lopresti just recently won the Underwater Photographer of the Year award for 2016. His enchanting photograph, Gold, of a yellow seahorse blurred against a blue background in the Gulf of Trieste, Italy took home the grand prize.
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