Outrage over blue whale killing by Icelandic whalers grows
Outrage is growing virally since images of a slaughtered blue whale (most likely) have surfaced online. The whale was killed by the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf, run by Kristján Loftsson, as part of their annual whaling hunt. So far the company has killed 22 whales, including the whale in question. The company insists the whale is a hybrid between a blue whale, an internationally protected species since the 1960’s, and a fin whale, the species the company targets. Experts believe otherwise.
FStoppers publishes tips to get started in underwater photography
FStoppers has published an article about getting started in underwater photography. The article focuses on diving certifications, costs and equipment, swimming ability, and base of operations. The article was written by DivePhotoGuide’s field editor Joanna Lentini. She is New York City based and has a wealth of underwater photography experience.
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Coral protections lead UNESCO to remove Belize barrier reef from World Heritage Sites in Danger
In a victory for coral, UNESCO has removed the Belize barrier reef from the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The barrier reef of Belize is the largest barrier reef system in the Northern Hemisphere. The reef was included on the list of World Heritage sites in 1996, but then included on the list of sites in danger in 2009 due to oil exploration and mangrove destruction for real estate. Belize has implemented a moratorium on oil exploration in the entire maritime system of the country, which lead to the barrier reefs removal from the danger list. The purpose of the list is to bring awareness to threats facing World Heritage sites and to hopefully encourage corrective behavior.
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Laura James: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Filmmaker and conservationist Laura James is sharing a series of articles about filmmaking with the Wetpixel community. Laura has been a pioneer in the production of 360° immersive media. She has built her own camera rigs and has the goal of encouraging both filmmakers and amateurs to try making high-quality 360-video. In addition, Laura is a passionate advocate for the natural world, shooting films that inspire people to care for their environment, and helping to communicate complex scientific concepts to the general public and elected officials.
Review: Nikon FX wide-angle lenses
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a review of most of the available rectilinear wide-angle lens choices for Nikon full-frame camera. The aim is to evaluate individual lens’s performance underwater, but also for this to be a reference for those seeking information about lens choices. As other test lenses come available, the tests will be added to, so please keep checking back for updates
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