Sea Science

Understanding Great Hammerhead Migration

Friday, 10 March 2017 23:11

By Tanya Houppermans

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Although great hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna mokarran) appear powerful and robust, recent research has shown that they are in fact one of the most fragile shark species, being particularly vulnerable to the stress of capture. Even those that are released after being hooked have a nearly 50% chance of succumbing after their ordeal.1 To better protect these sharks, a greater understanding of their movements is needed. The results of a new study conducted by scientists at the Bimini Biological Field Station in Bimini, Bahamas have provided a major step forward by showing the migration patterns and regional connectivity of great hammerheads between the Bahamas and the United States.

Conservation

Conference of the Parties (Philippines)

Sunday, 19 November 2017 00:15

By Rick Morris

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On the 23rd of October, more than 1500 representatives to the UN Environment came together in Manila, Philippines to conduct the 12th Conference of the Parties. COP 12, the twelfth Conference of the Parties, is an UN-sponsored conference organized by the Convention of Migratory Species, or CMS, as it is known. This landmark event, which takes place every three years, was established to set regulations and policy to maintain species sustainability around the world. 

            In Plenary sessions, working groups, and side events, the case is presented for what is needed and what is being done to promote sustainability.  This first short film introduces some of the key players, the scene, and the message of this critical conference on the sustainability of all migratory species. Part trade show and part science conference, all for sustainability of the planet. In the future more shorts will be edited from extensive interviews and content provided by the parties. 

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/bUHd4ywok2E

Lifestyle

World Oceans Day at United Nations

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 18:18

By Lilly Tougas

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World Oceans Day 2017 (June 8th) got an early start in NYC. Many events were planned for the week including the inaugural World Ocean Festival and the first ever United Nations Ocean Conference. Starting with a kickoff party at the Central Park Zoo, I joined in on the youth action for our oceans. Meeting up with like-minded citizens between the ages of 10 and 26, we mingled, learned about each other's work and discussed the plans for the Youth Rally for the Ocean happening the following day. We even made creative signs for the marchThat evening, Dr. Wallace J Nichols, author of Blue Mind, gave a truly moving speech. He also gave us blue marbles from his Blue Marbles Project for sharing random acts of blue gratitude around the world. Dr. Nichols said "do not ever make a video, give a talk, or write a report and leave out the vast emotional benefits of a healthy ocean." The audience was taken by his speech and couldn't wait to talk to him more about his blue mind studies!

Travel

Celebrate the Sea Festival

Monday, 27 November 2017 20:38

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Celebrate the Sea’ festival April 2018, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Featuring the International Underwater Photography Shoot-Out Competition, one of the richest shoot-outs in the world, from 1-3 April, 2018 in Manado, Bangka and Lembeh, with prizes totalling over $35,000 value in both novice and open categories as part of the Ocean Geographic ‘Celebrate the Sea’ festival. The overall winner will be named ‘Master of the Competition’ with a cash bounty of around USD 5,000. The cash prize for each category winner is around USD 2,000. Competition finale and awards in Singapore on 7 April, 2018.

Dr. Sylvia Earle, ‘Her Deepness’, is heading to Manado for the ‘Celebrate the Sea’ Festival from 31 March to 4 April 2018. Participants*₁ will received a Van Gogh Ocean edition print “Heart of the Reef” personally signed by Dr. Earle and specially created for the festival by Michael AW. Festival packages start from $130 and all-inclusive participating resort packages, including dives, start from around $500.

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The mission of the 13thCelebrate the Sea’ festival is to inspire the ban of both single-use plastic and shark fin soup in Manado. By attending the festival, participants effectively become part of the solution, contributing to the preservation of our ocean environment. The festival in Manado will celebrate the splendour and richness of the marine bio-diversity of Bunaken National Marine Park, Bangka Island and the Lembeh Strait, with the underlying objective being to spotlight threats from climate change and pollution, particularly in this remote, Coral Triangle region.

As with previous ‘Celebrate the Sea’ festivals, the lineup of ocean luminaries for 2018 is impressive including ‘Her Deepness’ Dr. Sylvia Earle, producer of a Plastic Ocean Craig Leeson, composer and singer of ‘Song for the Ocean’ Kristin Hoffman, National Geographic photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes, Ocean Geographic science editor Alex Rose, feature editor Gill McDonald and chief editor Evonne Ong. Together with a host of our honorary associates including Howard Shaw, Doug Perrine and Matthew Smith will be an impressive array of scientists, artists, innovators, photographers and passionate marine advocates.

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A major festival highlight is the International Underwater Photography Shoot-Out Competition from 1-3 April 2018. Many resorts in the area are supporting the competition bringing attention, along with the diving community, to this beautiful, rich and diverse diving location. The 2018 festival will take place alongside the 5th annual ‘Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year’ competition. A regular feature is also the children’s art competition, aimed at inspiring the energy, enthusiasm and curiosity of the future ambassadors of our planet.

During the festival, Kristin Hoffman will be shooting a new music video for Song for the Ocean’ - https://goo.gl/MVYdPV. All participants are invited to play a part in this production – this is your chance to help inspire great love for our ocean. Find out more at https://goo.gl/wWZ38A

The festival opens at 13:30 on 31 March 2018 in the central Manado Megamall auditorium, with a packed schedule of keynote speakers and presentations up to the opening ceremony at 18:30, also in the Megamall complex and hosted by the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi. The International Underwater Photography Shoot-Out Competition then takes place at local participating resorts from 1-3 April.

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On 4 April we relocate to the modern 4* Mercure Tateli Beach Resort with a spectacular view over the Celebes Sea and classic volcano-shape of Manado Tua in Bunaken National Marine Park. Lunch is followed by another round of engaging presentations by our keynote speakers and a display of the finalists in the ‘Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year’ competition. The Manado festival culminates in the closing ceremony and dinner at 18:30, once again hosted by the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi. The exciting finale of the 2018 Celebrate the Sea festival will be in Singapore on Saturday, 7 April at 18:00 at a celebration party and presentation evening involving most of the notable speakers and personalities from Manado. The winners of the International Underwater Photography Shoot-Out Competition and OG Pictures of the Year competitions will be announced and showcased, and the ‘Master of the Competition’ will be named and crowned.

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* The first 100 attendees reserving with Ocean Geographic using the Quick Booking tab at https://goo.gl/9ur2kY will receive a limited edition fine art quality print personally autographed by Dr. Sylvia Earle.  

Photography

Capturing Critters in Lembeh 2017

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 20:29

By Sarah Wormald

 

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Capturing Critters in Lembeh is back for its 6th year at Lembeh Resort. Capturing Critters in Lembeh is a unique annual underwater photography and imaging workshop which unlike other workshops, features not just one but three visiting world-class Photo / Videography Professionals. Year after year we this week-long, prestigious event has grown and the 2017 heavy weight Pro line-up includes Alex Tattersall, Martin Edge and Ethan Daniels alongside Lembeh Resort in-house Pros Sascha Janson and Frederic Juneau.

Equipment

“Bubbles Away”- Oceanic Omega 3 Review

Thursday, 22 September 2016 02:37

By Brett Lobwein

 

The Oceanic Omega 3 side exhaust regulator is the perfect choice for underwater photographers, videographers or SCUBA divers who want to avoid any distraction from focusing on the ocean. Apart from the exhaust [flow] bubbles being directed away from my face, as a photographer I really like the Omega 3’s profile. Being a side exhaust means there is not a bulky regulator pushing up against the back of the camera housing as you look through the viewfinder.

The biggest ‘upgrade” of the Omega 3 over the very popular Omega 2 is that it no longer breathes wet. It comes packaged out of the box with a MaxFlex hose* and a ball swivel, making it very comfortable plus dramatically reducing the regulator pulling against your jaw. Tech divers will also love that this regulator is ambidextrous “no up or down”, making it an ideal choice for a side mount setup.

I have managed to test the Omega 3 to a depth of 52 metres (170 feet). The entire way from the surface to 52 metres the Omega 3 delivered the perfect amount of air without the need for any complicated adjustment knobs. A simple twist operated dive/pre-dive switch is very handy to stop any free flowing on the surface.

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Oceanic has paired the Omega 3 with the lightweight and top-performing FDX-i first stage. For those who want to explore colder oceanic waters, the FDX-i is ready with an environmentally sealed diaphragm. As you would expect this first stage is also balanced, which ensures the regulator performs consistently at any depth. I have also been very impressed with the well thought out port layout and positioning. The FDX-i uses Oceanic’s Dry Valve Technology (DVT) preventing water or other foreign objects from entering the first stage, ideal if you forget to put the dust cap on.

Complimenting its modern design, the Omega 3 comes in three colour choices—black, white or clear. Personally I love the clear, as it allows you to see the beautifully engineered internal workings of the second stage. After owning the Omega 3 for over 12 months, I am still blown away by its performance.

*Check with your local dealer that this is standard in your location

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