November 2011

Sea Save underwater preservation charity auction
The non-profit Sea Save Foundation launched a scuba charity auction available for viewing now at the BiddigForGood auction site. There are over 40 items, such as terrific dive trips to Fiji, Indonesia, Galapagos, etc., cool underwater photography equipment and much more. Get great stuff, and money raised supports a variety of ocean conservation projects (like these). [Check out the Sea Save underwater preservation charity auction] -- Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 by chb

IUCN now lists Giant Manta as "vulnerable" species
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, has designated the Giant Manta Ray (manta birostris) as "vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The primary thread to mantas is that their gill rakers are particularly sought after and are used in Asian medicinal products. [See the very detailed IUCN giant manta listing] -- Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011 by chb

Review: Liquid Image Wide Angle Scuba Series HD322
It's been three years since we first came across the Liquid Image video masks that combine a camera with a scuba mask and can even accommodate dive lights. Since then, we've taken various models of the Liquid Image mask on dive trips all over the world. The unusual masks have become a standard part of our dive gear, and now we had a chance to dive wrecks and snorkel/dive with whale sharks with the Liquid Image Scuba Series Wide Angle HD322, where "HD" stands for High Definition. [See full review and videos of the Liquid Image HD322] -- Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 by chb

GoPro announces flat-lens underwater housing
At DEMA 2011, GoPro announced a new underwater housing with a flat lens to correct the blur/focus problems GoPro Hero and Hero2 cameras have underwater. The new housing will be sold as a separate item starting Q1, 2012. No price has been announced. Several third party fixes have been available to correct the GoPro underwater focus problem (see our detailed Hero review), but it's good to see that GoPro itself has acknowledged the issue. Also, expect a full review of the new Hero2 with lots of underwater footage (including 3D if we can procure a second Hero2) mid-December. -- Posted Sunday, November 6, 2011 by chb