Socorro Island, Mexico, closed to dive boats until mid March
According to a Wetpixel reader who just returned from a trip to the Revillagigedos Islands in Mexico, the Mexican military has temporarily closed Socorro Island to dive boats. The island will be closed for diving due to “naval exercises” until mid March. There was no advanced warning of the closure, which caught liveaboard dive vessels Nautilus Explorer and Solmar V off guard.
Note that San Benedicto and Roca Partida remain open, and are fantastic places to dive. Socorro Island is not generally considered to be the main attraction of the Revillagigedos Islands, and divers in our forum discussion do not seem to think that it is a big deal to skip out on it. If you are currently booked on a “Socorro” trip, we recommend that you go anyway—spending more time at sites like Roca Partida and the Boiler (at San Benedicto) probably makes for a better trip, anyway!
2nd issue of Underx magazine now online
The second issue of the free Brazilian underwater photography magazine, Underxmag, is now available for download in PDF format.
This issue highlights Raja Ampat, Brothers Islands in the Red Sea, Bonito, Brasil as well as the portfolio of our very own publisher and editor, Eric Cheng! Head over to the Underx magazine website to check it out.
Lembeh Strait diving entrance fee starts on January 15, 2010
Effective as of January 15, 2010, the Bitung government has instituted a new entrance fee of 50,000 Rupiah (approximately $5 US) for all divers entering Lembeh Strait. The fee is good for the duration of stay, and may be re-assessed if divers leave the area.
Have questions? Head over to the conversation started in the forums.
Sea Shepherd heads to the Mediterranean for the bluefin tuna campaign
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has announced plans to send two boats to the Mediterranean to combat bluefin tuna poaching.
Bluefin tuna came briefly to international attention two weeks ago when a single fish fetched close to $180,000 at a Japanese auction. The IUCN lists the fish as critically endangered. Although simplified, bluefin tuna is commonly known at sushi restaurants as toro or maguro.
Sea Shepherd, widely known for the Animal Planet TV series Whale Wars, hopes to bring the plight of bluefin tuna to international attention. A discussion is already underway in the forums.
Nauticam finishes first Canon 7D underwater housing prototype
Nauticam’s has just finished the first prototype of its new underwater housing for the Canon 7D. Previously, the press release we posted only showed CAD renderings of the housing; even so, the specifications were greeted with excitement in our forums.
Ryan Canon of Nauticam USA has just sent us images of the new 7D housing, and it looks great.
UPDATED: Posted larger images on January 25, 2010.
Underwater photos taken with the Canon 1D Mark IV
Stephen Frink has posted a few underwater images taken with the Canon 1D Mark IV, as well as his first impressions:
Holy crap ... AF is so nice. Very fast and accurate, even in low contrast subjects like black wetsuits. Focus acquisition is brilliant. Having shot my 5DII in similar conditions the 2 previous days, the improvement is striking.
Check it out, if you’re thinking of taking your 1D Mark IV underwater.
Ikelite ships flashlights to Wetpixel POTW winners
Starting this week, Ikelite is shipping underwater flashlights to the winners of 2009 Wetpixel POTW winners. Congratulations to all prior year winners! In 2010 prizes will be sent to winners in monthly intervals. Please make sure to keep your profile complete with shipping address, country, postal code and phone number to be eligible for your prize.
Special thanks to Ikelite for sponsoring our POTW competition! In case you haven’t already heard, Ikelite is proud to once again usher in a new generation of underwater strobes with their new, versatile DS161 Movie Substrobe. Pocket-sized video cameras are also tremendously popular and supported with complete systems for JVC, flip and Kodak models.
Remember to vote for the Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009. We look forward to seeing this year’s entries!
Amazing Seas Book Event in Malaysia in Oct/Nov 2010
The Amazing Seas Book Event is a unique festival spanning the globe for underwater photographers. The idea is simple; get together with good friends, travel to the best SCUBA diving destinations in the world, stay at exotic resorts, dive amazing reefs and photograph the definitive hard cover, coffee table book for that area.
The first Amazing Seas event will be in Malaysia this coming October and November 2010.
- Brian Skerry’s new book Sharks (via )
- A drop of water used as a lens (via )
- Canon updates firmware for EOS 5DS and 5DS R to v.1.1.1 (via )
- Humpback whales return to NYC in large numbers (via )
- DiCaprio and Mexican government draft plan to save Vaquita (via )
- Asian nations make plastic oceans promise (via )
- Great whites spotted off Santa Cruz beach (via )
- 10,000 coral transplanted in Bonaire (via )
- Nikon releases KeyMission 360/170 utility version 1.0.3. (via )
- After Effects CC version 14.2.1 is available (via )