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Cruise Ship owners fined for reef damage Photo

Cruise Ship owners fined for reef damage

The operators of the cruise ship that struck the reef at Crossover off Kri, Raja Ampat in March have been fined Rp6 trillion (around US$450 million) according to Tempo. The Indonesian government is seeking this sum from the owners of the Caledonian Sky basing its calculation on four components to damages: ecosystem, economy and society, ecosystem rehabilitation costs and damage claim costs.

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Issue 27 of Anima Mundi Magazine available Photo

Issue 27 of Anima Mundi Magazine available

ssue 27 of Anima Mundi magazine is now available to download. Featured in this issue are: The jaguars of the Peruvian Amazon, a trip report from the Etosha National Park, the Changeable Hawk Eagle, a portfolio by amateur macro photographer Karthikeyan Shanmugasundaram and an essay about North Carolina’s sand tiger sharks by Tanya Houppermans.

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Close Focus: Rig Diver by Alex Mustard Photo

Close Focus: Rig Diver by Alex Mustard

Wetpixel, in conjunction with PADI, has launched a series of columns discussing the stories behind great images. The goal is to show how amazing imagery does not normally occur by chance, but is due to dedicate, technique, research and experience. The profusion of and accessibility to underwater imagery has lead to a misbelief that achieving great imagery is somehow “easy.” In this inaugural edition, Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard, talks about how he achieved his award winning image of a cormorant hunting beneath an oil rig off California.

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Winners of the 2017 University of Miami Underwater Photography Contest announced Photo

Winners of the 2017 University of Miami Underwater Photography Contest announced

The winners of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science 2017 Annual Underwater Photography Contest have been announced. Marchione Giacomo’s photograph of a cleaner shrimp (Periclimenes venustus) on the tip of a black-saddle snake eel (Ophichthus cephalozona) sticking out of the sand in Raja Ampat was the overall winner.

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NOAA Launches Virtual Dive Gallery Photo

NOAA Launches Virtual Dive Gallery

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has posted a Virtual Dive Gallery that features 360° virtual reality images of five U.S. National marine sanctuaries. Currently featured are: The ship graveyard of Thunder Bay in Lake Huron, the Florida Keys, Gray’s Reef in Georgia, Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico, and the coral reefs around American Samoa.

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Free Online Shark Course returns Photo

Free Online Shark Course returns

Cornell University and The University of Queensland have announced that they will be running their Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation online course again. The course starts on 25 July and is completely free, although it is possible to purchase an optional completion certificate for $49. It will run over a total of 4 weeks, with 4 to 6 hours required per week.

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