Delta Airlines begins new direct US-China route, serves shark fin soup
Delta Airlines recently began flying a non-stop route between Atlanta, Georgia and Shanghai, China, and to commemorate the occasion, held a 10-course banquet in which they served “braised shark’s fin soup with cucumber and fish maw.”
While China decided to ban shark fin soup for the Olympics, stating that it could “greatly hurt China’s national image,” that ban has unfortunately not been extended to other events involving foreign guests.
Aquatica announces underwater housing for Nikon D300 dSLR
Aquatica has sent us photos and details of their upcoming A300 housing for the Nikon D300 digital SLR. Featuring a 100m/300ft depth rating, the housing comes standard with two Nikonos strobe bulkheads, and offers compatibility with Aquatica’s new underwater remote trigger.
The housing also offers Main, Quick Dial, Shutter Release, and AF-Lock control access all from the right hand, and Aquatica has stated that their current ports are compatible with Nikon’s new 14-24mm wide-angle lens. Continue reading for all the images and the press release…
Under Water, Over Land Challenge open for sign-ups, entries
The Under Water, Over Land Challenge, a nature and outdoors video production contest, is now accepting sign-ups for the second challenge of 2008. UWOL offers the opportunity for documentarians, extreme sports enthuasists, sea dwellers, and other outdoor film makers to compete in a themed challenge and win prizes. Previous themes include “The Living Skies,” “Water,” “Mammals,” “Night,” and “Adventure,” with an underwater film entry by Markus Nord taking the prize for the “Night” challenge.
Continue to the UWOL website to read the rules and entry instructions, and sign up for Challenge #8 by March 31, 2008. The theme is announced on April 1, 2008, and then you’ll have until April 21, 2008 to submit your entry. Good luck!
X-Ray Magazine #22 is available for download
X-Ray, an excellent (and free) online magazine oriented towards diving and underwater photography, has just announced the availability of issue #22. The issue includes articles on diving Brazil’s Leje de Santos and Spain’s village of Caella, the Russian submariners who visited the North Pole, species of nudibranch and the Humboldt squid, various discovered wrecks, a portfolio by Howard Schatz, and more.
Underwater Journal issue 7 available for download
Underwater Journal Issue 7 is now available for download. Featured article topics include sailfin blennies, wrecks in the Great Lakes, wastewater management and turtle conservation, North Carolina dive opportunities, an introduction to rebreather diving, and more.
Underwater Journal is a free PDF magazine, published bimonthly by Wetpixel member Walt Stearns.
Seeking testimonials for Markus Groh, Jim Abernethy, Shear Water
Attention all shark divers: certain individuals have already started mudslinging in the media about February’s unfortunate shark bite accident in the Bahamas. Instead of participating in any of that, we’d like to provide a place for positive words about all parties involved. If you have anything to say in support of Markus Groh (the diver who passed away), Jim Abernethy, the M/V Shear Water, or her crew, please leave a comment at the bottom of this message or contact us with your message.
Light & Motion expands camera support for Stingray HD video housing
Light & Motion has announced that the soon-to-ship Stingray HD video housing will be compatible with the new Sony HDR-SR11 and HDR-SR12 video camcorders. With an estimated North America shipping date for both the cameras and housing of March 21, 2008, you can plan to dive with a housed 1920x1080 HD video package utilizing an internal hard drive.
Check the Light & Motion website for a comprehensive compatibility list, or continue reading for the full press release…
Westchester County considers banning shark fin products
Westchester County, just north of New York City, is considering a law to ban the sale of all shark fin products, including shark fin soup. This would be the first legislation of its kind in the United States and could create momentum to ban shark fin products in other localities.
The legislators, and this bill, deserve our support. Let’s tell them how important we think this ban is! Please ‘sign’ the letter over at the SharkSavers website. It is especially important for residents of Westchester County to show their support of this bill.
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