Scientists believe amoeba is culprit of thousands of shark deaths in Bay Area
Since July of this year, scientists estimate 2,000 leopard sharks have died as the result of a parasite eating away at their brain. While leopard sharks seem to be the marine species most affected by the parasite, large numbers of dead bat rays, striped bass, smooth hound sharks, and halibut have been recorded. The parasite is similar to the common amoeba and enters through the shark’s nose to enter the brain where it slowly eats away at it until the shark succumbs to it. The parasite is known by its scientific name as Miamiensis avidus.
RED announces Monstro BK VV sensor
Adobe releases Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018
Adobe has announced new versions of its Photoshop and Premiere Elements apps. Both apps utilize the Elements Organizer to automatically catalog and sort image files. they also offer a wide range of guided or automatic edits that allows users to automatically swap backgrounds, create double exposures, freeze frames and fix action cam footage.
Update on diving Bali during Mount Agung evacuations
Underwater Tribe, based in Bali, has provided an update on the situation in Bali relating to evacuations surrounding Mount Agung and diving in the Tulamben area. Diving in the Tulamben area is currently closed. However, other areas of Bali are open for diving and Underwater Tribe says, “At this point in time there is no reason not to travel to Bali.” It is impossible to tell how air travel will be affected if and when and eruption occurs.
Inon announces the LF1300-EWf focus light
Sea&Sea announces Japanese produced YS-D2 strobe
Sea&Sea has announced a Japanese produced version of their YS-D2 strobe. The specifications and features of the “new” YS-D2J are the same as those of the original YS-D2, which was produced in China. There have been reports of reliability issues with the original version and it seems the release of the YS-D2J is in response to this.
Scientists prove penguins regularly feast on jellyfish
In a paper published in Frontiers in Ecology last month, scientists have shown that several species of penguins regularly feed on jellyfish. This find is surprising as it was traditionally thought that penguins subsist primarily on nutrient dense foods like fish. Jellyfish are over 90 percent water and mean that the penguins expend a lot of energy for not a lot of caloric payback for this food source.
Thousands evacuated in Vanuatu as volcano threatens eruption
11,000 residents of Ambae Island in Vanuatu as the Manaro Voui volcano has begun emitting gas and volcanic ash, stoking fears of an imminent eruption. Ambae island is one of 65 islands that are inhabited in Vanuatu. The government ordered a complete evacuation of all residents of Ambae. Bali has also seen evacuations due to volcanic activity in recent days as well as Mt Agung threatens eruption “at anytime”.
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