September 2011

San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition Recap
From the venue, to the number of attendees, to the quality of the films screened, to the professional filmmakers in attendance, this year’s San Diego Undersea Film Exhibitoin blew my mind. Click here to read my full recap. -- Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by jroualdes

Shark fin ban movement gains high profile support
WildAid, whose mission it is to end the illegal wildlife trade by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection, has announced additional high profile support for the movement to ban the trade and sale of shark fin products. NBA star Yao Ming and leading Chinese entrepreneur Zhang Yue have joined forces with Sir Richard Branson in a global campaign to save sharks. In California, Assembly Bill 376, which will ban the import, trade, and possession of shark fin in California, has already passed both legislative bodies with bi-partisan support and currently awaits the Governor Jerry Brown's signature. [See WildAid press release] -- Posted Monday, September 26, 2011 by chb

Bonica/JVC HM650 high definition vidcam
Amazing what the new generation of super-compact high definition vidcams can do. Our friends at Bonica made available one of their JVC HM-650 packages for our recent underwater product review trips to Socorro (giant mantas) and Isla Mujeres (whale sharks). A full review of the setup will follow, but get a load of the video and image quality of the Bonica/JVC system: Swimming with whale sharks -- Scuba diving in Cancun -- JVC photo collection from Cancun --
JVC photo collection Socorro/Islas Revillagigedo.
-- Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2011 by chb

Snorkeling with whale sharks off Isla Mujeres, Mexico
-- Posted Monday, September 12, 2011 by chb

Full resort review: The Riu Palace Las Americas Resort, Cancun stayed at the Riu Palace Las Americas in Cancun for a week and loved it. The Riu is a wonderful, elegant, impressive all-inclusive, and a great homebase for diving (via Scuba Caribe) and snorkeling with whale sharks (via Scorpio Divers). [See full review of the Riu Palace resort in Cancun, Mexico]
-- Posted Thursday, September 1, 2011 by chb