Great white shark population threatened
A new survey has found that the population numbers of great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) off South Africa is about half what had been expected. A paper in Marine Ecology Progress Series shows the results of a six year study into the numbers of the apex predators and shows that there are only between 353 and 522 of the sharks. Of these, around 333 are of breeding age. (Image from Shutterstock).
Scientist creates 3D scan catalog of fishes
NOAA Okeanos exploration of Mariana Trench comes to a close
NOAA’s deepwater exploration of the Mariana Trench with the Okeanos Explorer, a former Navy surveillance vessel, has wrapped up with some wild and weird new discoveries. Many new species never seen before as well as the discovery of a WWII B29 bomber wreck on the seafloor. The Mariana Trench contains the deepest spot in the ocean at 36,037 feet and is located in the Pacific Ocean off the Mariana Islands.
Norbert Wu’s Favorite Images: Shark Diving in San Diego
Norbert Wu presents the next in his series highlighting his favorite images from his career. He takes us to California in the late 1980s and the very early days of diving and photographing with blue and mako sharks off San Diego. Also included are some very salient thoughts for aspirant professional photographers along with the text of an article he wrote describing his first assignment which required him to photograph a menacing shark near a diver.
Paper describes apparent grieving behaviour among whales
US Congress considers banning shark feeding
Southern Fried Science reports that a bill is currently being passed through the US Congress that would ban the use of food to attract sharks withn US waters. This would include using chum, or feeding underwater in any form. Perhaps ironically, Section 3 of S. 3099, the “Access for Sportfishing Act of 2016,” specifically states that shark feeding would be banned “for any purpose other than to harvest sharks.”
Join Wetpixel for the 2017 Sailfish Safari!
Join Wetpixel for the 2017 Sailfish Safari! We will be in Isla Mujeres from 16 to 22 February 2017, snorkeling, photographing and filming these amazing charismatic animals and the stunning baitball action that results when they hunt the sardines (Sardinella aurita) that are in the waters surrounding the island during the winter.
1,000 images combined to create one underwater photograph
Photographer Catharine Nelson’s digitally manipulated underwater photograph, Submerged Number 1, took two months and 1,000 images to make. Swirling stalks of lily pads, fish and the surface backdrop were painstakingly composited together to create this final image. The subject of the image is a backyard pond in Ghent, Belgium where Nelson lives.
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