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Call for entries for Deep Visions 2016 Competition by ScubaShooters
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Deep Visions 2016 by ScubaShooters

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Call for entries for Deep Visions 2016 Competition by ScubaShooters

Scubashooters.net is a community composed of amateur and professional photographers binded by their passion for underwater photography.  Having this passion, they came up with creating monthly contests in order to showcase the beauty of the underwater world.  They have been organizing more than 20 monthly contests and partnering up with sponsors all over the world.  

This year, they are proudly announcing their Deep Visions 2016 Competition.  The competition would have 10 categories and 3 special prizes.  Prizes are amazing from wonderful dive trips to awesome gears.

 

Categories:

1. Wideangle
2. Macro
3. Compact Open "Duo"
4. Portfolio

Special categories:

5. Snoot shots (sponsored by Inon)
6. Behaviour (sponsored by Beuchat)
7. Sharks , Cetaceans and Dolphins (sponsored by Coltri)

Additionally a "Special Award of the Jury" and the "Best Youth Shot" (under 25) and "Best Nudibranch" will be selected among all entries. 

 

Enter the Deep Visions Contest 2016!

Visit www.scubashooters.net and take the challenge!

 

ScubaShooters Past Winners:


 

 


 

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Mexico Creates the country's largest natural protected area encompassing the coast of Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and other dive hotspots
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New Mexican Bioreserve Protected Area

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Mexico Creates the country's largest natural protected area encompassing the coast of Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and other dive hotspots

During the global biodiversity summit which was held in Cancun, the President of Mexico, Pres. Enrique Peña Nieto, has announced the creation of the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve which is the country's largest natural protected area.

The new biosphere reserve has a size of more than 5.7 million hectares, which consists of 6 core zones, which is approx. 1.9 million hectares.  Also included are the entire coast of the state of Quintana Roo, the whole municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad, Cozumel, Tulum, Bacalar and Othón P. Blanco.  The remainder of the area would be considered as a buffer and transition zones to the reserve.  

Studies have shown that there are close to 1,900 species of flora and fauna, 500 species of fish and 86 species of coral can be found on the protected area.  Such efforts will protect and at the same time promote the ecosystems on the protected area.  

 

 

According to the Semarnat, the Environment Secretariat, that causes of damage to the said area are from the immense traffic of cargo and cruise ships, fuel spills and inexperienced divers.  In addition, having the biosphere reserve will also prevent exploration and exploitation of petroleum.  

In order to protect the reserve, Natural Protected Areas Commission will be on top of administration, handling and preservation efforts.  The Mexican Navy will be in charge on implementing and ensuring the preservation of the reserve.

Such efforts in protecting the reserve will incur cost which is estimated to be at 130 million pesos annually and government of Germany has pledged to help out in protecting the natural reserve.

 

 

Read the full story on the Mexico News Daily

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Deepblu Launches Online Social Network & Holiday Giveaway

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Deepblu has just announced the launch of their online social network - an expansion of their current iOS and Android social app. The platform is a fun community where divers to sync underwater photos and videos with their digital dive log profile and then share with friends. It makes it fun to see the photos and where in the dive they were captured. Deep water, shallow water, temperature and more.

Deepblu is also starting a Christmas Competition, where users can enter to win COSMIQ dive computers and Deepblu gift certificates.

Press release and all details are below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Christmas Competition

 Holiday season is here, and Deepblu is celebrating the launch of Deepblu — where divers come together to share their dive memories and dive logs.

Share your most memorable dive adventure in the new Deepblu Community Section to get a chance to win one of the 5 COSMIQ+ units or 20 vouchers worth $99 given away for free this December.”

Learn more: http://www.deepblu.com/events/dive_adventure_contest_2016.html


Deepblu Launches Online Social Network & Holiday Giveaway

 TAIPEI, December 12th, 2016 – Taipei-based Deepblu, Inc. today launched Deepblu beta, the first social network built for the diving community. Divers can showcase their diving feats, interact with the ocean community at large and plan their next dive trip.

With the launch of Deepblu, the previously wildly scattered diving community now has a single platform to gather, discuss and share underwater moments. Deepblu has all the functionality of a modern social network, with options to create a profile, follow friends and organizations, discuss, comment, like and share.

“Looking at the ways people currently interact in the diving industry and by extension the entire marine community, it’s easy to see how fragmented it is,” co-founder and CEO James Tsuei explains, “Our ultimate goal is to unite divers, dive businesses and conservationists alike around Deepblu and make diving more exciting for everyone with a passion for the ocean.”

 

All the Functionality of a Modern Social Network

Deepblu allows users to create a profile to interact with others on the platform. This profile includes all the diver’s certifications as well as a digital dive logbook, an overview of all diving adventures the diver wants to share with their buddies or the public.

Deepblu dive logs can be created manually, or automatically with a compatible dive computer such as Deepblu’s own COSMIQ+ or a 3rd-party computer via the open-source software Subsurface. Deepblu dive logs are beautifully designed, and divers can enrich them with underwater photo- and videography, creating a visually appealing timeline of their dive. It is also possible to add stories and descriptions of gear and diving conditions. Finally, divers can have their instructors digitally certify their dive logs, and tag their diving buddies.

Users can follow other profiles to explore the photos and dive logs of friends and see what celebrity divers and organizations are up to. A trending page brings up the hottest stories in the world of diving. Meanwhile, divers can discuss various diving topics in one of the many Community Groups for freediving, coral identification, wreck diving, and many more. Users can even create their own groups.

Deepblu is available through web browsers on the desktop or the fully redesigned mobile applications for Android and iOS.

 

Connecting Divers and Businesses around Planet Deepblu

One of Deepblu’s most exciting features is still in the testing phase and slated for release in January 2017. Aptly named Planet Deepblu, this interactive and quickly growing map of over 10.000 dive spots the world over aims to make it more convenient for divers and dive businesses, such as resorts, rental shops, instructors, liveaboards and conservationists to find each other.

Planning a dive trip used to be a tedious and cumbersome job, so divers will be relieved to find that Planet Deepblu’s fluid user interface makes it a breeze to plan, while businesses large and small will have a much easier way to reach the community and advertise their services.

“We are really excited about what we are setting up with Planet Deepblu,” Tsuei says. “Come January, our users will be able to pick their favorite destination, choose the accommodation with the best reviews and offerings, select the best place to rent their gear from and even the instructor they choose to learn from or dive with.”

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About Deepblu, Inc.: Deepblu, Inc. is a team of divers and technology enthusiasts whose goal is to use technology and the power of the internet to revolutionize the diving community and lifestyle.

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Big savings on some of the best and most popular gear for underwater photo and video
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Bluewater Photo Black Friday Preview

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Big savings on some of the best and most popular gear for underwater photo and video

Bluewater Photo has released a secret preview of their upcoming Black Friday sales and discounts. If you're an underwater photographer or videographer, then this is a sale you cannot miss.

Below are some of the highlights we're seeing on their sale page:

 

 

  • Free International Shipping
  • Strobes - up to 30% off
  • Housings - up to 30% off
  • Video Lights & Focus Lights - up to 50% off
  • Free Nauticam Trays and Vacuum Valves
  • Free Ports with select housings
  • Wet lens specials
  • 50% off any rental booked this week
  • Purchase their demo gear at a steal

 

Be sure to check out all the discounts when they are announced on Thursday at 23:59! More information can be found on the Bluewater Black Friday Sales page.

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CineBags CB70 Square Grouper, your underwater housing's best friend
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CineBags Releases CB70 Square Grouper

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CineBags CB70 Square Grouper, your underwater housing's best friend

Underwater photographers know that our underwater rigs are susceptible to leaks even if it’s in the rinse bucket. Housings can get banged up or bumped and ports can come loose.  It is also a pain to carry your underwater camera from one place to another due to its weight.  CineBags came up with the ultimate carrying bag for our underwater camera rig, CB70 Square Grouper.  You could now easily and comfortably carry your whole rig from your hotel or resort to the dive boat.  It could also serve as a personal rinse tank to avoid any accidents.  In addition, it is designed to be collapsible for easy storage or packing during dive trips.  

CineBags has been providing innovative camera bags for over a decade already.  They have taken in to consideration the needs of photographers as well as underwater photographers. 

Read full press release below.

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

CineBags Release the CB70 Square Grouper, Your Underwater Housings' Best Friend!

After providing specialty bags to camera crews all around the world for over a decade, CineBags is proud to announce a new line of products for professionals who venture below the surface of the water. 

Inspired by our dive expeditions, stretching from the ocean depths of Mexico to the Philippines, our team of divers and designers at CineBags are excited to bring you a new series of products. With the adventure photographer in mind, we have created the CB70 Square Grouper.

The CineBags CB70 Square Grouper is designed to be a compact and collapsible home base for your camera rig to and from the dive boat. With the Square Grouper, there is no need to share  a rinse bucket with your fellow divers. Knowing that your rig is protected, you can focus on the adventure.

 

Main Features Include:

  • Saltwater resistant YKK zippers
  • Cargo Loops
  • Reflective fabric
  • Mesh cargo pouches
  • Padded shoulder strap
  • Center carry strap
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • Heavy duty tarpaulin fabric
  • Collapsible design
  • Mesh pouches in inside flap 

The CB70 Square Grouper will be officially released at the 2016 DEMA show in Las Vegas. Please visit our CineBags booth #8205. For additional questions, or high resolution images for print please contact Markus Davids  markus@cinebags.com at our Los Angeles HQ.

 

  

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Show how fast, how far and how high you went with the new feature.
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GoPro Hero5 Black Feature Unlocked: Telemetry and GPS

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Show how fast, how far and how high you went with the new feature.

Make your photos and videos more interesting by adding telemetry gauges to your story.   With the Quik for Desktop app, you can add more details to moment you have captured such as GPS path, speed, altitude, g-force, elevation gain and a lot more.  Aside from that, overlays could also be customizable to your liking; position, size and what type of data would you want to show.  

Below is the press release from GoPro.

 


PRESS RELEASE

 

TELEMETRY AND GPS ADD NEW LAYERS TO YOUR GOPRO STORY

 

 

How Fast? How Far? How High?

New Telemetry Feature in Quik for Desktop Unlocks Your HERO5 Black's GPS


Unlock the data behind your GoPro content with telemetry gauges available today on the Quik for Desktop app. The new telemetry feature adds an immersive layer to your story by providing stats about the action as it unfolds on-screen, from how fast you were speeding down the line on your last mountain run or big wave, to how high you climbed or how many g's you pulled in your best track turn.

GoPro telemetry taps into the GPS capabilities of the HERO5 Black by capturing data about your GPS path, speed, altitude, g-force, elevation gain and more. The results are overlaid as graphics on your videos, making your content more meaningful and providing benchmarks and milestones for your experiences.  The overlays are also customizable, allowing you to resize and move the gauges and turn on or off each data graphic. 

 

 

Here’s a more detailed overview of the telemetry data you’ll see in Quik for Desktop with your GPS-activated HERO5 videos:

Info Cluster: see an overview of real-time stats as you watch your video

  • Distance (km or miles)
  • Altitude
  • Elevation Gain
  • Date & time

Speed:

  • Speedometer tells you how fast you were going and includes a compass for orientation
  • Speed graph displays your speed over time and charts your fastest moments and spikes in activity. Speed graphs also serve as a great tool in the editing and scrubbing process, allowing you to easily identify highlight moments from your footage.

GPS Path: see the route you took and pinpoint your position as you move along the path

G-Force: check out how much g-force you’re pulling against as you accelerate or change direction

 

For more information about telemetry overlays or to download the Quik for Desktop app, please visit the GoPro software website.

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DEMA: Deepblu announces new online social platform for sharing photos and videos integrated into dive logs plus the Cosmiq+ dive computer
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Photo & Video Dive Logs Meet the Cloud

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DEMA: Deepblu announces new online social platform for sharing photos and videos integrated into dive logs plus the Cosmiq+ dive computer

Deepblu has just announced a robust social dive log platform and new dive computer at the DEMA tradeshow in La Vegas. The company has been making waves over the last year with popular dive log app that integrates your underwater photos and videos into your online dive profile. You can then share the profile in the online social community.

Deepblu has announced a new version of their dive computer, the COSMIQ+, which syncs easily with the Deepblu dive log app. They have also announced an expansion to the Deepblu app into an online platform. This should make the social community more availabile for divers and photographers who would rather interact on their laptops and desktops instead of mobile devices.

Full details are included in the press release below.

 

PRESS RELEASE

Harnessing the Power of Technology and the Internet to Revolutionize the Diving Industry

November was a big month for Deepblu Inc. The company that built the world’s first dive computer featuring social integration made waves at the DEMA Show 2016 in Las Vegas with a series of surprise announcements and product launches.

 

Introducing COSMIQ+

Deepblu upgraded its product line with a new addition, the COSMIQ+, introducing a brand new performance feature for technical divers in two new lines.  Available in two distinct color families—Noir and Lumin— the COSMIQ+ comes in five new colors.  Staying true to its roots as the best price-to-performance dive computer on the market, COSMIQ+ is priced at the same US $299 as its COSMIQ predecessor.

As for tech specs and operability, the COSMIQ+ builds on all the existing features of the COSMIQ with the introduction of Bottom Timer Mode.  This feature specifically targets the needs of tech divers for a secondary device and will expand Deepblu’s customer base to include an important niche in the diving community.  

Slated for a Black Friday (November 25th, 2016) release in North America, the COSMIQ+ will be available globally in December 2016.  

 

Deepblu 2.0-Everything Under the Sea in the Cloud

Deepblu also announced a beta launch of Deepblu 2.0—a major expansion of the Deepblu online platform.  Accessible across mobile and desktop devices, the new and improved Deepblu platform offers the enhanced connectivity of a modern social network and numerous powerful features for social sharing and interaction.

This all-new social network for scuba divers, freedivers, underwater photographers and other ocean lovers features all the functions expected of a leading social network platform.  Profile, trending, following, and community pages allow users a breadth of options to discover, share, and interact with like-minded people. It also has an integrated map function, Planet Deepblu, that provides users with an intuitive and seamless user experience as they explore diving and the blue planet.

Deepblu has opened the platform to everyone.  For divers without a COSMIQ, the platform is compatible with Subsurface™.  This software allows users to upload dive information from their 3rd party dive computers to the Deepblu platform.

Check out the new Deepblu platform at www.deepblu.com

 

 

William Winram Becomes Deepblu Brand Ambassador 

At DEMA, Deepblu also announced its cooperation with world record-holding freediver, conservationist, and founder of The Watermen Project William Winram. Winram has joined the Deepblu team as Brand Ambassador.

“Deepblu admires William’s lifelong devotion to diving, ocean conservation and his unrivaled contributions to shark preservation,” says Deepblu co-founder and CEO James Tsuei, “I’m pleased to announce this partnership and to support William’s initiatives with the power of the Deepblu platform.”

Winram discovered competitive freediving as a sport in 2005 and quickly rose through the ranks, winning several medals at the World Championships and setting countless records in nearly all disciplines. A natural born ocean explorer, in 2007 he became the first man to swim the Arch of Dahab’s blue hole, without fins, on one breath of air.

While Winram’s ocean conservation roots were instilled in him by his father - a scuba instructor and search and rescue diver - it was in 2012 upon the founding of the non-profit organization (NPO) The Watermen Project that his most enduring legacy began to take shape.  The Watermen Project was created to assist those passionate about the ocean to inspire respect, preserve, conserve, and demonstrate a love for all things in the ocean. It is Winram’s commitment to ocean conservation that saw him named Ocean Ambassador for the Global Marine and Polar Programme of the IUCN

“We want to connect divers,” concludes Tsuei, “and strongly believe William’s life work will help inspire all of us to induce positive, meaningful change to what binds us all together—the ocean. This is only the beginning, and speaking on behalf of all of us at Deepblu, we’re excited for what’s in store.”

www.deepblu.com 

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DEMA: Light & Motion releases innovative wide dome port that increases beam angle by 25 degrees, plus powerful new lights
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Light & Motion Dome Port Optic & New Lights

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DEMA: Light & Motion releases innovative wide dome port that increases beam angle by 25 degrees, plus powerful new lights

Light and Motion has always been one of the most popular companies when it comes to underwater photography. They produce innovative products and powerful and lightweight video and focus lights.  This DEMA 2016, they are intorducing a few items that they are adding to their product line - Sola Video Pro with 9,600 lumens, Sola Video 3,800, Dome Port Optic, New Dive 2500 S/F and Stella Pro camera lights.

 

PRESS RELEASE


Light & Motion to Showcase New Products at DEMA 2016

November 2016 – Marina, CA – Light & Motion launches new high end video and dive products at DEMA Nov. 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.. The California-based light builder is in Booth #7207 adjacent to the imaging resource stage.

A dominant player in the underwater imaging space, Sola Video Pro, the company’s flagship light, gets a significantoutput increase from 8000 to 9600 lumens. The ultra-compact Sola Video 3000 follows suit bumping up to 3800 lumens resulting in an unprecedented output to size ratio. Like the entire Sola line, both models retain true regulated output – as the battery is drained lumens remain constant to provide consistent light power throughout a dive.

The Video line sports a new Dome Port Optic that increases Sola’s beam angle by a significant 25 degrees in water. This accessory is compatible with new and existing Sola lights and provides a broad, smooth beam with a gentle fall off making it an essentia accessory for wide angle work.

“Evaluating the current underwater imaging market we noticed more and more prosumer and novice shooters moving to an ultra-wide or fisheye lens” states Light & Motion Design Engineer Jarod Armer. “A dome port is the perfect solution to substantially increase beam angle and match the camera’s wide field of view.”

Sola is the only certified FL-1 tested light in the industry for Lumen output and durability including withstanding a full 1-meter drop on concrete.

Other new products include the New Dive 2500 S/F (Spot/Flood) – the most powerful hand held recreational dive light on the market with dual beam spot/flood built in. Light & Motion noticed a growing trend of both recreational as well as technical divers wanting an insanely bright floodlight to explore wrecks and large expanses of reef but with the ability to toggle to a tight spot beam to penetrate the depths.

Light & Motion will showcase their NEW Stella Pro Camera lights at DEMA 2016 alongside their dive lights. The Stella line is engineered to meet the needs of professional topside shooters wanting powerful, portable, weatherproof lights. Stella’s daylight balanced, cinema-grade COB LEDs offer excellent stability and color rendering necessary for shooting “in air”. The Stella lights have been adopted by leading adventure, event, and news shooters including Gavin Garrison, Producer of the reality TV series “Whale Wars”; Bruce Dorn, Canon’s Explorer of Light; and Jake Barlow of CBS Morning News. Stella is the first topside LED lighting solution with the durability of a dive light – providing a glimpse into the future of LED technology – both above and below the surface.

 

About Light & Motion

Light & Motion - Beyond bright, we are Progressive, consistently delivering the most innovative, powerful, lightweight lights on the market. We are Certified, the only dive light brand meeting the rigorous ANSI-NEMA FL-1 testing protocol for all lighting products. And we are Makers, building all our products at our California facility. Light & Motion products come with a 2 year enhanced guarantee. For additional information, please contact Heidi Hall at hhall@lightandmotion.com or 831-480-2125 or visit lightandmotion.com

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DEMA: WorldWide Dive & Sail and Blue O Two have announced a merger of their liveaboard fleets
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Worldwide Dive & Sail and Blue O Two Merger

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DEMA: WorldWide Dive & Sail and Blue O Two have announced a merger of their liveaboard fleets

Recently, the luxury liveaboard operator, Worldwide Dive & Sail and UK's largest diving operator, Blue O Two have announced that they are already on the final stages of their merger.  The two companies have been developing this merger since 2014 and expects to finalize by the end of this year.  

With the union of the 2 companies intend to combine their liveaboard fleets,  WWDAS is well known to operate in Asia and the Pacific while Blue O Two is well known to operate in Red Sea and Maldives.  With this in minde, they are expecting to create the "leading player in the dive industry". 

 

PRESS RELEASE

Worldwide Dive and Sail and blue o two are pleased to announce that they are in the final stages of finalising a merge that will bring their two companies together in a merger of equals.

The parties intend to pursue a combining and growth of their liveaboard fleets, while separately continuing the international growth of blue o two, which is already the UK’s largest scuba diving tour operator, as a provider of worldwide adventure travel products. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, with the rebranding and combining of fleets expected to follow 18-24 months after the subsequent closing of the merger, subject to regulatory and board approval.

The combination of these two like-minded and complementary businesses will create a leading player in the dive industry. It is the culmination of four years of talks and an extension of the existing partnership that they began with formation of Master Liveaboards in 2014.

Following completion of the transaction board members and other executives, as well as the name of the merged group, will be announced.

In a joint statement, the owners of both companies said…

“We are extremely excited about the future. We are looking forward to using the combined innovation and passion that both companies are already known for to continue to expand our product range globally by investing in an ever growing portfolio of international destinations. It will allow us to provide both our existing and future customers with an unparalleled service to build a sense of adventure and excitement from the moment they discover our products and services”

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Two different great white sharks have breached dive cages with divers in last 3 weeks, stirring the debate on shark chumming and wrangling
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2nd Great White Shark Breaches Dive Cage

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Two different great white sharks have breached dive cages with divers in last 3 weeks, stirring the debate on shark chumming and wrangling

For the second time in weeks, a great white shark has breached a shark dive cage containing divers. Both events took place with different sharks on different boats at Mexico's famed shark diving mecca, Guadalupe Island. To be clear - THESE ARE NOT SHARK ATTACKS - but situations where sharks have been excited by fish chum and 'wrangling' in order to bring them close to the cages for photo opportunities. The sharks came in to investigate food and found themselves entrapped in the bars of the dive cages.

We're not here to sensationalize these events, but to bring up the topic of altering the disposition and temperament of these sharks in order to get a thrill and close-up photos/videos.

Leave the sharks alone? Some will say that the sharks will stay away, and we need to bring them close to capture photos to raise awareness of the beautiful creatures so that we can protect them.

Bait the sharks in with chum? This attracts the sharks but doesn't dramatically alter their shy and inquisitive behavior. Is this the middle ground, where we can document the sharks without altering behavior too much?

Wrangle the sharks?  Now divers can get those camera-inside-the-mouth shots and tight shark portraits. But some argue that the sharks are hyped up by being being teased with food (wrangling is where chunks of fish are set in the water on fishing line and pulled away when the shark is about to bite, often right in front of the cages). Is this going too far?

 

There are opinions on all sides of the issue. If you stop shark diving, the sharks will undoubtedly act naturally as they have for ages. But there are also poachers idling in the shadows waiting for the shark diving boats to leave so they can illegally fish out the sharks to sell on the black market.

So what is the best course of action?  We want to hear from you on the Underwater Photography Guide's Facebook page post and our Instagram account.

 

So what happened?

 

Shark Cage Breach #2

The second, more recent, incident (caught on video below) shows a great white shark that was being wrangled with bait at the surface in front of the cage. The shark, in trying to bite the bait, swims directly into the bars of the cage, which was occupied by a diver. Sharks cannot swim backwards, so it swam forward, thrashing to escape the trap it now found itself in, slowly working itself through the bars until it eventually made it through and quickly swam away. The diver in the cage exited safely afterwards.

Here's the video:

 

 

Shark Cage Breach #1

The first incident, also taking place at Guadalupe Island but on a different boat, has been fully detailed in a Guadalupe Island Shark Trip Report on the Bluewater Travel website

This entrapment took place in a deep cage without any wrangling involved. The shark, attracted by the tuna chum, first swam over the cage, curiously biting the air supply hoses of the divers in the cage. To its surprise, the rupture delivered a huge cloud of bubbles. Startled, the shark went for the chum from the top of the cage, becoming stuck in the bars above the divers. The swift actions of the dive master kept the divers safe until the cage was raised to the surface, where the divers escaped. The team then tried to pull the shark out of the cage (essentially a gill net at this point) with a rope around the tail. After this didn't work, a dive master pressed in the shark's gills, which allowed it to be pulled out successfully. The shark also swam away in this event. Read the full report.

 

The great white shark became stuck in the bars of the cage. Photo by Peter Maguire, featured from Bluewater Travel's Guadalupe Island Trip Report.

 

 

Both of these events are receiving growing media attention. The first video has already received almost 1 million views on YouTube. It is our hope that all media publishers describe the events objectively and without over-sensationalizing the events simply because a shark was involved.

 

A great white shark attempts to bite a chunk of tuna on the surface before it is pulled away - a practice known as shark wrangling. Photo by Katie Yonker, featured from Bluewater Travel's Guadalupe Island Trip Report.

 

A great white shark passes divers in a cage at Guadalupe Island. Photo by Katie Yonker, featured from Bluewater Travel's Guadalupe Island Trip Report.

 

A great white shark inquisitively approaches the dive cage. Photo by Katie Yonker, featured from Bluewater Travel's Guadalupe Island Trip Report.

 

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