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New short port design and other key features announced in the much anticipated Nauticam G7X II housing
By Chino Mendoza

Nauticam Canon G7X II Housing Available

Chino Mendoza
New short port design and other key features announced in the much anticipated Nauticam G7X II housing

Nauticam just released their housing for one of the most anticipated compact cameras, the Canon G7 X Mk II. 

The Canon G7 X Mark II is a very powerful camera in a compact body.  The new mark II incorporates the same sensor and lens from its predicessor but is now using the new Canon image processor, DIGIC 7, which supports improvements to its performace.  Canon G7X Mark II has a faster start up, better autofocus tracking, enhanced image stabilization, longer battery life and faster continuous shooting. The G7 X Mark 2 also records 14-bit RAW files instead of 12-bit like the G7X, which only mean that it more room and data for post processing.

The Nauticam NA-G7XMkII housing will bring the full power of the G7X Mk II to divers' fingertips. Below is the press release with full info.

Purchase:  Nauticam Canon G7X Mk II Housing

U.S. Retail Price:  $1,100

Availability:  Now

 


 

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PRESS RELEASE

Introducing NA-G7XMKII

A Faster G7X!

Nauticam NA-G7XMKII, Model Number 17324.  Available Now!

Nauticam is pleased to unveil NA-G7XMKII, the premier underwater housing available for Canon G7X Mark II.  G7X Mark II camera stands out from a crowded class of advanced compact cameras thanks to its overall image quality, snappy autofocus, excellent manual white balance, and useful built in macro mode.  This impressive feature set, paired with the most ergonomic, rugged, and easy to use underwater housing available forms a perfect underwater imaging combination.

 

The Canon G7X Mark II Camera

G7X Mark II is the latest large sensor "Powershot" compact camera using the popular 1" sensor size.  This 20 megapixel Back Side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor is paired with a best in class, fast 24-100m zoom lens.  This lens is extremely fast for a compact camera, with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 at wide angle, and f/2.8 at telephoto.  A new processor offers performance improvements across the specification range, most notably in continuous RAW shooting speed (increased from 1 fps to 8!).  Numerous tweaks to the control layout, body form factor, and control interface have taken an already very good compact to the next level.

 

 

The Nauticam NA-G7XMKII Housing

NA-G7XMKII is the latest iteration in a lineup of advanced housings for very capable compact cameras supported by Nauticam.  Many features found on professional DSLR systems have been integrated into this system, and the result is an underwater housing that allows the user to harness the full potential of this advanced compact camera in water.   The basic functions and ergonomic enhancements that Nauticam users have grown to know and love are incorporated in NA-G7XMKII.  The housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum, then hard anodized to seal out corrosive salt water.  It is closed via a simple, yet secure locking rotary latch. The right side of the housing is sculpted to fit the palm of the user's hand, and Nauticam's two-stage shutter release lever provides clear differentiation between the half press and full press shutter release positions.  All functions are clearly labeled.

 

 

The Nauticam leak alarm and vacuum monitoring system is installed as standard equipment.  This system provides an audible and visual alert to any water entry in the housing, and when combined with an accessory M14 Vacuum Valve (#25624) the water tight integrity of the system can be tested before ever entering the water and monitored during every dive.

Expert product design, modern manufacturing techniques, top quality materials backed by a two year warranty, and a critical focus on the user experience combine to produce the premier system for Canon Powershot G7X Mark II.  The Nauticam NA-G7XMKII.

 

The N50 Port System

The NA-G7X Mark II "Standard" Port

Supplied with the housing, this port allows full zoom through and features a 67mm threaded front for attaching accessory macro lenses (or even better, a flip adaptor!). Ideal for mid-range fish portraiture style shooting, close-up, and macro with add on wet-lenses. 

 

N50 Short Port with M67 Thread for Wide Angle Lenses (#38701)

An optional accessory offering precise placement of wide lenses very close to the camera's lens at its native wide angle zoom position range.  Zoom through is not available with this port, but it does offer the widest coverage possible with minimal vignetting for wide angle photography.

 

N50 Short Port with M67 Thread for Wide Angle Lenses (#38701)

An optional accessory offering precise placement of wide lenses very close to the camera's lens at its native wide angle zoom position range.  Zoom through is not available with this port, but it does offer the widest coverage possible with minimal vignetting for wide angle photography.

 


 

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Key Features

Rotary Locking Latch & Drop in Camera Loading

An oversized rotary latch seals the housing, and securely locks in place without risk of accidental opening.

No control functions need to be preset or aligned when installing the camera, it simply drops into the housing and is ready to use.

 

Sculpted, Sensitive Shutter Release

The Nauticam exclusive 2-stage shutter lever system provides outstanding feel of the half press and full press positions of the G7X Mark II shutter release button.

 

Cold Shoe and M10 Accessory Mount

Accessory mounting points, ideal for a focus light and other accessories.

 

 

 

Stainless Steel Handle Brackets & Shutter Release Extension

Stiffening handle brackets and an oversized "trigger" style shutter release lever are included with the housing as standard equipment.  Combined with a Nauticam Flexitray or Flexitray W (optional), these brackets eliminate any flex or wobble when using big strobes, and provide multiple attachment points for lanyards and other accessories.  The shutter release extension is ideal for use in cold water with thick gloves.

 

Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is shipped with NA-G7XMKII as standard equipment.  Combined with an accessory vacuum valve (PN 25624), this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing.  A simple color coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur.

 

 

Recommended Accessories


WWL-1 Wet Wide Lens (#83201)

Fully optimized for in water use, WWL-1 provides the sharpest overall image quality available in a compact underwater imaging system.  WWL-1 is designed to be used with the G7X Mark II camera zoomed to its 28mm focal length, and at that zoom setting offers a 130 deg diagonal field of view.

 

CMC-1 (#81301) and CMC-2 (#81302) Macro Lenses

Like WWL-1, both of the Compact Macro Converter lenses are matched to compact camera zoom lenses, and designed for use in water.  These are not simple diopters, they are purpose built macro tools that offer the best image quality and auto focus performance possible with very high magnifications.  CMC-1 is capable of capturing an image area just 23mm wide on the G7X Mark II Camera!

 

M67 Flip Adaptors

Both single (#25101) and double (#25108) flip adaptors allow accessory macro lenses to be mounted instantly without fumbling with a threaded attachment.  The G7X Mark II, combined with the premier macro optics from Nauticam, forms the ultimate compact closeup system!

 

LCD Magnifier with Dioptric Adjustment (#25106) and Attachment Rails (#25123)

An invaluable accessory for far sighted users, this LCD magnifier allows the full 3" LCD screen to be clearly viewed for confirmation of fine focus and critical framing.

 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 3.02 kg
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 103mm x 110mm (W x H x D)

Model Number: 17324
USA Retail Price: $1,100
Availble Now at Bluewater Photo

 


 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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Sansha Yongle Blue Hole in China has been determined to be the new deepest blue hole
By Chino Mendoza

New World's Deepest Blue Hole Discovered

Chino Mendoza
Sansha Yongle Blue Hole in China has been determined to be the new deepest blue hole

Sansha Yongle Blue Hole or "Dragon Hole" as local fishermen refer to the underwater sink hole found in Parcel Island, South China Sea has now been concluded as the deepest blue hole in the world. It surpassed the current record holder, Deans Blue hole near the Bahamas by more than 300 feet.

After almost of a year of exploration, Chinese researchers determined that this is the deapest blue hole, reaching the depths of 987 feet below the surface and its opening measures 426 feet.  The team used an underwater robot during the exportation and discovered more than 20 species of fishes and marine life. One of their discovery about the blue hole was after 330 feet, the water is oxygen free and likely unable to support any marine life.

 

 

Last July 24, 2016, Sansha City offically named the blue hole as "Sansha Yongle Blue Hole" and has already drafted their plans of having this unique formation to be protected.

 

 

Blue holes got their name from their dark blue coloring which contrasts the surrounding water.  It can also be described as a underwater caves with beautiful formation and is similar to sink holes. Other known blue holes are Great Blue Hole in Belize and Dean’s Blue Hole located near Long Island in the Bahamas. Dean's Blue Hole was the previous deepest blue hole in the world.

 

 

 

Read the full story on the Washington Post.
  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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The new underwater microscope shows us coral behavior and other microscopic life outside the lab
By Chino Mendoza

Underwater Microscope Unlocks Secret of Coral Life

Chino Mendoza
The new underwater microscope shows us coral behavior and other microscopic life outside the lab

The new underwater microscope, Benthic Underwater Microscope (BUM), brings marine scientists a whole new perspective on understanding coral sea life.  BUM was developed by Andrew Mullen and his colleagues at Scripps Institution of Oceanography - University of California San Diego (UCSD).  It has accomplished what no microscope had done before... which was to record tiny underwater organisms in their natural habitat.

One of the team's studies focuses on corals. According to Mullen, "We have looked at coral polyp behavior during competition, coordinated behavior between polyps of the same colony, and the colonization of bleached corals by algae."

 

 

Off the cost of the Red sea, BUM captured two different coral species competing for space on the seafloor. It showed a chemical enzyme being secreted to destroy the other species. They also observed on another occasion that this behavior did not happen when the same specie was close to each other.  This shows that corals engage in aggressive behavior in order to survive but do not compete with their own species.

On one of their recent trips to Maui, Hawaii, researchers were documenting the ongoing battle of corals and algae.  They recorded that during high ocean temperatures, the algae that lives inside the polyps ejects itself, which would eventually lead to bleaching.  

 

 

BUM is comprised of an underwater computer that a diver would operate and a special microscopic imaging unit.  The unit includes a high-magnification soft lens that focuses similar to how human eye focuses.  For lighting, it uses a bright LED focus ring.  The current BUM housing is capable of reaching depths of 100ft (30m), but they usually operate around 30ft (9m) deep.

BUM is truely a great tool in discovering and learning about the microscopic aspects of our marine environment. Researchers are continuously studying other marine behavior which may help in preserving our precious ocean ecosystem.

 

Resource Videos:

Andrew Mullen describes the underwater microscope

 

Read the full story on GizMag article "New underwater microscope provides ringside seat to coral turf wars" and on Technology Review article "Underwater Microscope Uncovers the Secret Lives of Coral Reefs in Danger"

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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A dramatic chase of a great white shark and a seal off the coast of Cape Cod
By Chino Mendoza

The Chase: Great White Shark vs. Seal at Cape Cod

Chino Mendoza
A dramatic chase of a great white shark and a seal off the coast of Cape Cod

Last week, on July 7, 2016, a spotter pilot captured a rare photo of a great white chasing and trying to catch a seal on the north side of Nauset Inlet in Orleans, Massachusetts.  

When you see the photo, we assume that the shark caught the seal but the outcome was otherwise. The photos shows that the shark was closing in on the seal and looks like it made contact, closing the deal. The seal got away! 

Photos was also posted on the Facebook page of Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, and within the first hour, people started to comment on the photos.  Comments were even sided, pro-shark and pro-seal.  Below are some of the comments on the photos.

 

 

“That’s too bad, better luck next time shark!”

"Seal 1, shark 0"

“Boo....sharks need to eat too”

 

During summer feeding season on the area, seals are the main target of great white sharks. 

Conservation for great white shark still continues.  In fact, two weeks before this photo, researchers from Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy tagged their first white shark of the season on Nauset Beach.  On that same day, researchers was treated on a site of a 12-foot shark catching and eating a seal.

Sharks usually gets a better result when shark take an ambush approach. 

 

Read the full story on Grind TV article "Great white shark versus seal; dramatic chase photographed off Cape Cod

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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Researchers recently filmed a great white shark sleeping.
By Chino Mendoza

Great White Shark Sleeping Caught on Camera

Chino Mendoza
Researchers recently filmed a great white shark sleeping.

Ever wonder how great white sharks sleep? Now, no need to wonder. A submersible has captured a video of "Emma" the great white shark sleeping on the east side of Isla Guadalupe in the eastern Pacific Ocean.  

During the day, great white sharks stay in the deep waiting for prey to swim overhead, presenting an oppurtunity to feed. At night, the sharks' behavior is completely different.  The great white shark, Emma, swims near the shoreline and stays close to the bottom, just cruising around Twin Canyons to east of Guadalupe.

At 8:30pm, researchers noticed that Emma opened her mouth while swimming slowly against a 3 km/h current.  She seemed to be in a very relaxed state and might have been taking a nap. With her mouth open, the oxygen rich water flows freely to her gills, which allows her slow down and save energy for the hunting activity during daylight hours.

Due to their size, great white sharks could not stop swimming because they would sink and suffocate.

Check out the video below:

Footage was taken from Shark Week 2016's Jaws of the Deep

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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Cayman Islands and St Maarten declare two new shark sanctuaries in the Caribbean.
By Chino Mendoza

2 New Shark Sanctuaries in the Caribbean

Chino Mendoza
Cayman Islands and St Maarten declare two new shark sanctuaries in the Caribbean.

With the desire of protecting endangered species, two Caribbean governments have now declared two new shark sanctuaries.  The territorial waters of Cayman Islands and St. Maarten, approximately 119,631 sq. kms, are now being protected and now closed to all commercial shark fishing. 

The announcement was made during the three-day conservation meeting in the St. Maarten with the ministers, global shark experts, officials from Pew Charitable Trusts, St. Maarten Nature Foundation, Bahamas National Trust and billionaire ocean advocate Richard Branson.

Currently, there are 14 shark sanctuaries worldwide, half of which are found in Caribbean waters.

Mr. Branson commended the two Caribbean governments on their "act" and encourages other regional areas to follow and establish a Caribbean-wide shark sanctuary.

This move will greatly improve the Caribbean ecosystem and will boost ecotourism in the region.

 

Read the full story in the News 24 article '2 new shark sanctuaries created in Caribbean' or on Ecophiles 'Two New Caribbean Shark Sanctuaries Created: Goodbye Shark Fishing'.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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Australian photographer captures a rare moment with a fish trapped inside a jellyfish
By Chino Mendoza

Fish Trapped inside a Jellyfish

Chino Mendoza
Australian photographer captures a rare moment with a fish trapped inside a jellyfish

An Australian photographer, Tim Samuel, captured a rare moment underwater the other day, when a small fish swam inside the bell of a jellyfish.  Samuel captured this moment while free diving in Byron Bay, later posting the photo on his Instagram account. The photo, and several posted later, have since gone viral and are receiving global media attention.

It seems that the fish was able to control the jellyfish's movement and direction to a great extent, steering the jellyfish as it swam. Samuel decided not to intervine, letting nature take its course as the pair swam off into the blue water.

 

 

According to Associate Professor Ian Tibbets from the University of Queensland, the fish could have been a juvenille travally and might have initially been using the jellyfish as protection. 

 

 

Tim Samuel knew that he had stumbled a unique occasion, but didn't realize just how rare it was until the photo started being reposted all over the internet. He admited that he was “completely blown away by all the attention” he received online and from individuals around the world.

 

Read the full story, in the 9News article 'Aussie photographer discovers fish trapped inside jellyfish' or on NH Voice 'Images showing fish swimming inside a jellyfish go viral online'.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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Sync your photos to your digital dive profile through the Deepblu social platform and COSMIQ dive computer
By Brent Durand

Dive Logs, Photos and Social Media Combined

Brent Durand
Sync your photos to your digital dive profile through the Deepblu social platform and COSMIQ dive computer

WiFi and NFC are being built into most modern cameras, from compact to DSLR, as photographers look to share images to social media while the action is still unfolding. Even the pro-level Canon 1DX Mk II has a wireless file transmitter! The next step is (naturally) to start syncing your photos with your digital dive log.

Deepblu has released an iOS dive log and social media app as well as the COSMIQ Dive Companion computer to do just that.

The Deepblu iOS app allows users to create immersive dive logs that can be shared in the Deepblu social community, exported to the major social networks, or kept private. The logs display all the relevant log information in an easy-to-naviate interface designed around social media interactions. If shared in the Deepblu community, other users can like the dive, leave a comment, or share the dive. You can also tag dive buddies and rate dive sites on an interactive dive site map.

The brand new COSMIQ Dive Companion computer is a very affordable recreational dive computer with a bright pixel-less display, making it very easy to read underwater. Simple navigation via just two buttons and Bluetooth 4.0 technology make exporing your dive profile to your Deepblu dive log a snap.

 

What about the photos?

Sync the time and date on your COSMIQ computer with your camera, and the Deepblu app will syncronize and integrate the data! This means that you will be able to see the exact depth, time into your dive profile, water temp and other log info that relates to the exact moment your photo was captured. You can then share it for friends to see.

Why is the Deepblu app so cool?

First, keeping a dive log is great practice. Not only can you track things like the relationship between wind, currents, upwelling and visibility at specific dive sites, but you can also track the ideal conditions for finding marine life.

Many marine biologists and citizen scientists will record all the essential info when finding an interesting species: depth, water temp, habitat, moon phases and more. They record this in a dive log and then can later match the data with photos. With the Deepblu app this is all handled automatically... and can then be easily shared. 

Not only is it fun to geek out on this new social technology, but it should prove a great resource for many divers who keep detailed logs. The interactive dive site map will help you plan out exactly which dive sites to visit on your next trip.

 

Video:  Revolutionize Your Dive

 

Deepblu is currently developing a far more comprehensive social platform for divers, which will be available for both iOS and Android users. We can't wait to see it.

Check out the Deepblu website for more info.

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Several TTL converters now available for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras with several new features, including TTL with Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobe
By Brent Durand

Nauticam Releases New TTL Converters

Brent Durand
Several TTL converters now available for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras with several new features, including TTL with Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobe

Nauticam has just announced several new TTL converters for Canon and Nikon DSLR housings. This anouncement comes at the perfect time, fixing several big issues and inconvenices, plus upping the game for upcoming D5 and D500 housings.

The first announcement is a new TTL converter that allows optical TTL for Canon DSLRs in Nauticam housings. It's backwards compatible with the latest Canon DSLRs and finally works with Sea&Sea's wildly popular YS-D2 strobes. Advanced users shooting manual strobe power can now trigger the strobes in full continuous shooting (14fps with the 1DX II).

The second is a new UW Technics converter for optical TTL with Nikon DSLRs in Nauticam housings. This also allows TTL use of the YS-D2 strobes.

The third annoucement is that the Nauticam Nikon D5 and D500 housings will ship with a new manual LED flash trigger as standard equipment - no more extra $$ to purchase a flash trigger. Users are then able to remove the flash trigger in favor of a TTL converter (purchased separately).

 

Why use a TTL Converter?

TTL converters have two main benefits. The first is to allow TTL shooting, of course! This means that your camera will send a preflash to determine how much strobe power is needed to properly light the scene, and then trigger the strobes with the correct intensity. This is popular with many new photographers and some more experienced photographers who do not want to worry about controlling strobe power manually.

The second reason to use a TTL converter is to bypass the camera's pop-up flash. This means that you can fire the strobes as fast as they can recycle without waiting for the camera pop-up flash to recycle. I was borrowing Bluewater Photo's rental Nauticam 7D Mark II housing in Anilao, Philippines for a recent workshop and missed (didn't nail the exact composition) incredible shots of fish feeding on spawning corals because of the 7D Mark II's on-board flash recycle time. I was limited to firing one frame every 6 seconds, whereas a TTL converter would have allowed me to fire a frame or two per second during the heat of the action.

The TTL converter also allows use of fiber optic cables by cameras with no pop-up flash, like the Canon 5D Mark III. If you've had to maintain sync cords, then you really appreciate the convenience and zero maintenance required by fiber optic cables.

 

Nauticam TTL Converter Summary

With several new TTL converters availble on existing and upcoming Nauticam housings, things can get a little confusing.  If you're interested in more info, be sure to contact the team at Bluewater Photo for all the details, including compatibility with your housing.

 

  • Nauticam TTL Converter for Canon

    • #26321  $495

    • Backward compatible with Nauticam housings for 1DX Mk II, 1D X, 5DS R, 5D S, 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D Mark II and 70D cameras

    • Communicates with Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobes

 

 

  • Nauticam TTL Converter for Nikon

    • #26307  $430

    • Remove the LED flash trigger in new D5 and D500 housings and replace it with this TTL converter

    • Communicates with Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobes

 

Have questions?  Email sales@BluewaterPhotoStore.com or call +1 (310) 633-5052.

 

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An octopus bravely escapes the National Aquarium of New Zealand through a 164 ft. drainpipe
By Adam Martin

Octopus Crafts a Slippery Escape from New Zealand Aquarium

Adam Martin
An octopus bravely escapes the National Aquarium of New Zealand through a 164 ft. drainpipe

The daring escape began with a tight squeeze through a gap at the top of his tank. Inky, a common New Zealand Octopus at the National Aquarium of New Zealand, must have been meticulously planning his escape for some time. When all the factors were perfect, he flawlessly executed.  

First dashing 8 feet across the aquarium floor of and then shooting down a 164 foot seawater runoff pipe to Hawke's Bay, Inky has not been seen since.  This remains the most extreme breakout in aquarium history.

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is located on the east coast of the New Zealand's North Island, in a town called Napier. Staff noticed the escape when they discovered that Inky was missing, and that octopus tracks led to an escape path. 

 

Inky the octopus at National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier.<br/>Courtesy of National Aquarium of New Zealand

 

It seems Inky is now somewhat of an international sensation. His craft and grit have made headlines around the world. Yet, Inky is clearly not interested in the publicity, because he not made any public appearances since his escape. Marine bioligists are less suprised by this behavior as there have been many cases of octopi escaping through small holes, including these escaping jars and escaping from the deck of a boat

 

Photographs and notes showing Inky's likely escape path.<br/>Courtesy of National Aquarium of New Zealand.

 

New Zealand is an amazing destination for scuba diving, underwater photography and landscapes.  The North Island boasts subtropical reefs, kelp, and amazing marine protected areas such as Poor Knights Islands, while the South Island offers breathtaking topography and fjords such as Milford Sound. If you are very lucky, you can find yourself diving with Orcas.  Visibility can range from less than 10 metres/30 feet to more than 40 metres/130 feet. North Island water temperatures vary between 18-24°C/64-75°F depending on the location and season. South Island water temperatures are cooler, averaging 15-20°C/59-68°F depending on the season. 

 

Poor Knights Islands

 

* source: nytimes.com

 

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