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A glowing plankton bloom in Big Sur, California Photo

A glowing plankton bloom in Big Sur, California

From early January and into February, the waves of Big Sur have been emanating a dim, blue glow. Most divers are familiar with the phenomenon of bioluminescence, however, conditions have to be just right to see it in Big Sur and especially to be able to capture it in a photograph. However, several photographers have been capturing the bloom of glowing dinoflagellates, which are a result of high nutrient levels in the water and a high pressure system preventing the typical winter storms from “stirring up” the waters.

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The Seychelles has announced two new Marine Protected Areas Photo

The Seychelles has announced two new Marine Protected Areas

On February 21, 2018, the Seychelles announced the designation of two new Marine Protected Areas, covering an area of roughly 81,000 square miles. The first MPA covers 29,000 square miles around the Aldabra island group which is home to the dugong (the most endangered animal in the Western Indian Ocean) as well as about 100,000 giant tortoises. The second MPA covers the deep waters between the Amirantes Group and Fortune Bank, an area important to tourism and local fishing.

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Series 2 dome diffusers available from CM diffusers Photo

Series 2 dome diffusers available from CM diffusers

CM diffusers has announced the release of their Series II dome diffusers. The version for the Sea&Sea YD-D1/2 has been completely redesigned. All wide angle models are now being constructed of a new frosted material for enhanced light transmission and improved fall off from center to edge. CM diffusers are available for Inon Z24O, Sea&Sea YS-D1/YS-D2/YS-120/YS-250, Ikelite DS160/DS161/DS125 and Seacam Seaflash 150.

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Strobe tests: Inon Z330, Retra Flash and Symbiosis SS2 Photo

Strobe tests: Inon Z330, Retra Flash and Symbiosis SS2

Wetpixel offers the long awaited and definitive test of the Inon Z330, Retra Flash and Symbiosis SS2 strobes. Carried out over the past 6 weeks in the UK and in Egypt’s Red Sea, each strobe has been cycled several thousand times and used in as wide a variety of situations as possible. Inevitably, there will be some questions that remain unanswered so ,to discuss the results and the strobes further, check out the thread in the Wetpixel forum.

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Results: Our World Underwater 2018 Photo

Results: Our World Underwater 2018

Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide are proud to announce that the results of the 2018 Our World Underwater International Photography and Video Competition have been announced. Congratulations to Shane Gross for his winning image and to all those among the placings. The entries represent some of the finest underwater imagery on the planet.

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Scientists to explore previously hidden underwater world of Antarctica Photo

Scientists to explore previously hidden underwater world of Antarctica

This week scientists are scheduled to explore a previously hidden part of Antarctica, underwater. This section of Antarctica has been covered for 120,000 years by the Larsen Ice Shelf. However, last July a 1 trillion-ton iceberg sheared off from the ice shelf and exposed this section of underwater. Scientists will collect sample of plants, animals, and seabed while they explore the 2,200 square-mile section of exposed seabed.

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