Paper suggests alternate theory for shark bites
A new paper published in the Journal of Marine Biology examines why great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) bite surfers. The traditional theory is that they mistake them for prey animals, typically seals, due to the surfer’s silhouettes from below. The paper suggest that this view is erroneous and that they tend to bite in order to identify things in their environment. (Image from Shutterstock).
New ocean conservation series on Animal Planet
A new series on ocean conservation will premiere on Animal Planet on December 4th. The new series, Ocean Warriors, “traces activists, journalists and scientists working to fight poachers and organized crime in oceans across the globe.” The series is being produced by Robert Redford and Paul Allen.
Study catalogs Great Barrier Reef bleaching
SAGA announces TRIO macro lens system
SAGA has released the details of their new Trio macro wet lens system. Mounted via an M67 thread, the Trio gives 4 magnification options; namely 0, +5, +10 and +15. These are accessed via two levers on the front of the system.
OWU and DEEP 2017 contests open for entries
The 2017 Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia contests are now open for entries. Co hosted between Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide, these two contests represent the very best of underwater imaging and some amazing prizes area available. The deadlines for entries are 4 February and 25 February 2017 respectively
Free eBook: Lightroom Performance
Victoria Bampton, aka the Lightroom Queen, has released a free pdf eBook which gives practical information about how to improve Lightroom’s performance. She delves into how Lightroom works, how to set it up, hardware choices and workflow techniques, all in the aim of improving its speed and performance.
Humpback whale hanging out in Hudson River off NYC
For about a week now, a humpback whale has been spotted in the Hudson River off New York City. About a year ago a similar sighting of a lone humpback whale in the Hudson River was made, which indicates this may be a new annual occurrence. Efforts have been made in recent decades to clean up the waters of the Hudson River as well as limiting menhaden fishing, a known humpback whale food source.
Sea&Sea releases housing accessories
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- Graveyard of giant lemurs discovered in Madagascar (via )
- Video: Octopus captures a crab, out of the water (via )
- Google’s Eric Schmidt gives $10M to Monterey Bay Aquarium (via )
- NG photo of the day Manatees by Ryan Nelson (via )
- Limpet teeth are nature’s strongest material (via )
- Amazon UK lists Lightroom 6 (via )
- Serif updates Affinity Photo beta (via )
- 5 ocean centric TED talks (via )
- Freediving underwater photographers on CNN (via )