Evidence that the largest animal on earth is left-handed
Scientists have recently found that the largest animals on earth, blue whales, have a preferred lateralization in their movements, and it seems to be for the left side. In a study led by Ari Friedlaender with the University of California, Santa Cruz and Oregon State University three-axis accelerometers were placed on 63 blue whales in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Image from Shutterstock.
Wetpixel Guadalupe Sharks Expedition 2018
Join Wetpixel and trip leader Abi Mullens in Guadalupe, Mexico from 26 to 30 August 2018 to dive and photograph the famed Great White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) aboard the Solmar V of the Pelagic Fleet. The trip will focus on providing amazing opportunities to capture imagery of these apex predators.
Update: Mount Agung eruption
Over the past week, Mount Agung has continued to erupt, with increasing intensity and it now seems that magma is visible. Practically, the ash cloud has caused a few airlines to cancel flights to and from Ngurah Rai International Airport, (Denpasar International Airport-DPS), the VONA aeronautical threat leaves has been raised to red and the airport at Lombok (Bandar Udara Internasional-LOP) has been closed at least until Monday morning. Updates added: 11/27/217.
Rushes: Cristian Dimitrius footage of orcas
Sneak Preview: Inon Z330 strobe
Images and specifications of Inon’s new strobe are now leaking out. The Z330 has a guide number of 33, a beam angle of 110° without a diffuser and utilizes the familiar body and battery case design of its predecessor, along with controls that are the same albeit with improved labeling and access. There is also a range of new diffusers and light modifiers for the strobe too.
New Access Restrictions for Three Sisters Springs
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced new restriction on access to the Three Sisters Springs. Manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) visit the springs during cold weather periods. New studies have shown that when Gulf water temperatures at Shell Island dropped to below 17°C, this increased manatee numbers in the Spring. Hence the FWS will close the Spring to visitors when water temperatures at Shell Island drop below 17°C and only reopen when it rises above that temperature for 24 hours or longer.
Anilao Shootout commences on 28 November
The Philippines Department of Tourism has announced that the 2017 Anilao Underwater Shootout is due to begin on 28 November. It is open to entries from registered participants from that date through to 1 December. Images must have been taken in Anilao region, Philippines during the contest period. The host resort is the Acacia Resort and Dive Center, with other resorts in the area offering accommodation and diving packages too.
Call for Participants: The Shootout 2018
The SHOOTOUT returns from 15 to 23 June 2018, with teams at Gulen Dive Resort, Norway Lembeh Resort, Indonesia pitted head to head in a live shootout. If you think that you may have what it takes to help a team to triumph (and to win some great prizes) the participating resorts are offering some attractive diving and accommodation packages.
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