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Video: Wild Windows - Whales by Howard Hall Photo

Video: Wild Windows - Whales by Howard Hall

Howard and Michelle Hall have shared an hour long video as a part of their “Wild Window” Series. The latest video features amazing footage of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), and blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) all shot in Howard’s trademark silky smooth style. Clear your desks, switch off the phone and immerse yourself in this wonderful experience!

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Inon ships Shoe Base II Photo

Inon ships Shoe Base II

Inon are shipping their Shoe Base II. This allows the attachment of accessories onto cold shoe mounts on housings. The redesigned base has a enlarged and redesigned fixing dial and a rubber sheet on the contact surface on its foot. This is designed to reduce any rattling.

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Paper shows relationships between sea bird populations and reef health Photo

Paper shows relationships between sea bird populations and reef health

A paper published in the journal Nature shows a causal relationships between sea birds populations and reef health. A team from Lancaster University has compared reefs in the Chagos archipelago, some surrounding islands that are rat free, and others on which rats have been introduced. The rat free islands have significantly higher populations of sea birds.

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Gates announces POV CAM system Photo

Gates announces POV CAM system

Gates Underwater Products has announced their POV CAM. Compatible with the Panasonic AG-UMR20 or AG-MDR25 recorders and AGUCK20GJ or AG-MDC20GJ compact camera heads, the system offers 4K imaging up to 60ft (20m) away from the action. It features an HD-SDI surface feed for remote monitoring and is compatible with a variety of Gates wide angle and flat ports.

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Outrage over blue whale killing by Icelandic whalers grows Photo

Outrage over blue whale killing by Icelandic whalers grows

Outrage is growing virally since images of a slaughtered blue whale (most likely) have surfaced online. The whale was killed by the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf, run by Kristján Loftsson, as part of their annual whaling hunt. So far the company has killed 22 whales, including the whale in question. The company insists the whale is a hybrid between a blue whale, an internationally protected species since the 1960’s, and a fin whale, the species the company targets. Experts believe otherwise.

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FStoppers publishes tips to get started in underwater photography Photo

FStoppers publishes tips to get started in underwater photography

FStoppers has published an article about getting started in underwater photography. The article focuses on diving certifications, costs and equipment, swimming ability, and base of operations. The article was written by DivePhotoGuide’s field editor Joanna Lentini. She is New York City based and has a wealth of underwater photography experience.

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Coral protections lead UNESCO to remove Belize barrier reef from World Heritage Sites in Danger Photo

Coral protections lead UNESCO to remove Belize barrier reef from World Heritage Sites in Danger

In a victory for coral, UNESCO has removed the Belize barrier reef from the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The barrier reef of Belize is the largest barrier reef system in the Northern Hemisphere. The reef was included on the list of World Heritage sites in 1996, but then included on the list of sites in danger in 2009 due to oil exploration and mangrove destruction for real estate. Belize has implemented a moratorium on oil exploration in the entire maritime system of the country, which lead to the barrier reefs removal from the danger list. The purpose of the list is to bring awareness to threats facing World Heritage sites and to hopefully encourage corrective behavior.

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