Florida manatee moved off the endangered species list
The Florida manatee has been moved off the endangered species list. Late last month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the status of the Florida manatee will be upgraded from endangered to “threatened”. The Florida population of manatees have rebounded from 5,000 to 6,620 recorded in February of this year. (Image from Shutterstock)
Study records humpback feeding behavior
WWF-Australia reports that Australian and US scientists working off the Antarctic Peninsula in the Gerlache Strait have managed to attach non-invasive camera tags with 3D motion sensors onto humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). The devices were stuck on their backs for 24 to 48 hours and recorded feeding behavior, including the animals lunge-feeding into tight swarms of krill.
Review: CineBags Underwater Dome Port Pouches and Tool Bags
In late 2016, CineBags Underwater released a series of pouches specifically designed to protect lens ports and other underwater imaging equipment in transit. The range includes pouches for different sized dome and macro ports, housing carriers/portable rinse tanks and tool bags. Wetpixel was able to test their Jumbo Dome Port and Tool Pouches, along with the company’s Neoprene Work Mat during recent trips.
Dr. Sylvia Earle interview with Elle magazine
Elle magazine recently interviewed Dr. Sylvia Earle for their ongoing series of articles exploring the journeys of several Rolex ambassadors. Dr. Sylvia Earle, also known by her nickname Her Deepness, is an 81 year-old oceanographer on a mission to save the world. In this interview she speaks about her background, her passion for the ocean and her hope for the future of our world.
Report: Imaging Products at ADEX 2017
The Asian Dive Exhibition (ADEX), held at Suntec City, Singapore between 7and 9 April this year attracted over 60,000 visitors. Among these was Wetpixel’s Drew Wong, who scoured the show floor to find all that was new and exciting in underwater imaging equipment. His report lists the results of his searches, effectively all the new imaging products that have been released since DEMA in 2016.
Sir Richard Branson set to sink artificial reef in British Virgin Islands
Sir Richard Branson is set to sink an artificial reef in the British Virgin Islands, close to Necker Island, his well known vacation island in the BVI’s. The Kodiak Queen, one of the five ships that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, has been prepared and outfitted with a giant Kraken sculpture to be sunk to become the B.V.I. Art Reef. The artificial reef will be sunk just south of Mountain Point in Virgin Gorda.
Shrimp species named after Pink Floyd
A new species of shrimp has been named after prog rock group Pink Floyd. Described in the journal Zootaxa, Synalpheus pinkfloydi is a new pistol shrimp species from the tropical eastern Pacific. It uses its outsized pink claw to generate sounds that exceed 210 decibels to stun prey. According to the scientists that made the discovery, the name is based on the shrimp’s claw color, rather than the noise it creates.
Slideshow: The Imaging Party at ADEX 2017
- Adobe updates Camera Raw to 9.3 (via )
- Sea lion rides a whale in Baja (via )
- Blackmagic Design updates DaVinci Resolve to 12.1 (via )
- MIT physicist and underwater photographer collaborate (via )
- Wolf split shot by Ian McAllister (via )
- Nikon updates D810 C firmware to 1.10 (via )
- Humpback whale song visualization (via )
- Paddleboarding with whales filmed by drone (via )
- DIY anti-fog insert for GoPro (via )
- Sony releases firmware v2.0 for α7R II. Adds uncompressed 14Bit… (via )