Tony Wu releases results of humpback whale study Photo

Tony Wu releases results of humpback whale study

Tony Wu has released a summary of the results of his Tonga humpback whale calf study for 2010. This incorporates the 24 juvenile humpback whales that he was able to identify during the 2010 season. These results, when compared to those of the previous two years, are showing some interesting patterns emerging from the data. Only time will tell whether the trends continue, but it’s certainly rewarding to see results from the time and effort we’ve put in.

Tony would welcome input from anyone with sightings of the calves listed in his study, or of calves not listed from the 2010 season. He plans to return to Tonga this year, and may have a few slots available for interested parties.

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Howard Hall’s sperm whale video from Dominica Photo

Howard Hall’s sperm whale video from Dominica

Howard Hall has posted a video of a sperm whale encounter in Dominica taken a couple months ago with a RED camera / Gates housing. As expected, the footage is buttery smooth and has been paired with the perfect music. I’m not in any way taking credit away from Howard’s impeccable technique, but this brings up one of the main differences between large and small underwater video rigs. A large rig is inherently more stable; those of us who have taken underwater video using a housed dSLR know that it is almost impossible to get stable footage on the surface.

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Randall Aruaz awarded Goldman Prize Photo

Randall Aruaz awarded Goldman Prize

Randall Aruaz has been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work in drawing international attention to the inhumane and environmentally catastrophic shark finning industry and his leadership of the campaign to halt the practice in Costa Rica, making his country the new international model for shark protection. The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world’s largest award for grassroots environmentalists. Randall is quoted as saying:

“”Shark finning is not only cruel, it is irresponsible and unsustainable fishing at its highest degree. In spite of this, it has been close to impossible to attain any international binding management and conservation measures to curtail this practice.”

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Sea & Sea announces MDX-D7000 housing Photo

Sea & Sea announces MDX-D7000 housing

Sea & Sea has announced the release of the MDX-D7000 housing for the Nikon D7000 camera. It is machined from a solid block of aluminum, protected by a highly corrosion-resistant coating. Other features include: A port lock mechanism, two fiber optic ports and one optional electronic port and a built-in leak sensor.

Prices are still to be announced, and the housing will be available from March in the US.

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Phuket dive sites closed Photo

Phuket dive sites closed

Phuket Wan Tourism News reports that seven coral reef sites off Phuket and the Andaman Coast will be closed to divers from Friday 21 January 2011, with the intention of keeping the sites closed for up to five years. The closures are in response to the coral damage caused by the bleaching episodes during 2010. The sites affected are in Phang Nga, Krabi, Satun and Chumporn provinces, and the penalties for diving on the closed sites include a penalty of between 1000 baht and 10,000 baht.

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X-Ray Magazine issue 40 available Photo

X-Ray Magazine issue 40 available

The January/February 2011 issue of X-Ray magazine is now available for download. The magazine features articles about diving around the island of Gozo, the Kamchatka peninsula, Californian Channel Islands and Nassua, Bahamas. In addition, Joseph C. Dovala writes about “Shooting below decks”; combining wreck penetration with photography and the featured photographer is Alex Vanzetti.

X-Ray magazine issue 40 is available as a free download in pdf or iBook for iPad versions.

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David Doubilet: Relics to Reefs Photo

David Doubilet: Relics to Reefs

National Geographic has published an article about the sinking of structures to serve as artificial reefs which features David Doubilet’s underwater photography. Concentrating on the sinking of the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, off Key West, Florida, the article also talks about other recent sinkings, like the Spiegel Grove and the USS Oriskany.It concludes with a description of a dive on the somewhat eccentric Neptune Memorial reef, which is a 16 acre underwater memorial garden.

David Doubilet’s photographs illustrate the article, featuring everything from M60 tanks deliberately sunk off Alabama, to actual pictures of the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg going down. (Image by David Doubilet).

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Online magazine Anima Mundi launched Photo

Online magazine Anima Mundi launched

Andrea and Antonella Ferrari have launched a quarterly online magazine called Anima Mundi, “Adventures in Wildlife Photography”. The new publication will feature trip reports, equipment reviews, technique tips and interactive video. Although it is focused on topside photography, each issue will have at least one article on marine life or underwater photography.

Anima Mundi is available as a free full-screen pdf download.

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Underwater Journal issue 19 available Photo

Underwater Journal issue 19 available

Issue 19 of the Underwater Journal is now available for download. Articles in the first issue of 2011 include: A review of the Aquatica AN-5 housing for the Sony NEX-5 EVIL camera, Scott Gietler reviews the basics of wide-angle composition and the Parting Shot is a spectacular shot of a Harlequin Shrimp by Shaun Tierney. Destinations featured in the magazine include the Russian White Sea, Gran Canaria, and the diving around Hawaii whilst on board the Kona Aggressor II.

The Underwater Journal is free to download as a pdf document.

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