X-Ray Mag #27

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Two of the resident orca families from Puget sound —L and K pods—have been seen in recent years feeding off the California coast in the winter. That was unheard of before early this decade, leading scientists to speculate they are driven to swim hundreds of miles just to meet their minimum nutritional requirements. Showing signs of starvation as salmon runs faltered up and down the west coast, Puget Sound’s orca population lost seven of its number over the past year, bringing the population to just 83, scientists reported.

Bali. It’s a name synonymous with a tropical island paradise, conjuring up images of emerald rice terraces, an exotic, vibrant culture and friendly people. This jewel of the Indonesian Archipelago is also a magnet for scuba divers, drawn by a bevy of attractions ranging from to tiny jewel-like nudibranchs to enormous mola molas. Once you’ve been, you’re hooked!

When India’s Prime Minister Pandit Nehru visited Bali in 1950 to attend celebrations marking the newly established independence of Indonesia, he famously called the island “the morning of the world”. His simple but eloquent description really does encapsulate the uniqueness of this special island.

Natalia Cherviakova   Natalia Cherviakova , Marina Kochetova , Irina Rudenko , Peter Slezak
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Andrey Bizyukin   Natalia Cherviakova , Marina Kochetova , Irina Rudenko , Peter Slezak

New Sea Farm Raises White Whales in the White Sea.

Natalia Cherviakova   Natalia Cherviakova , Marina Kochetova , Irina Rudenko , Peter Slezak
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Andrey Bizyukin   Natalia Cherviakova , Marina Kochetova , Irina Rudenko , Peter Slezak

New Sea Farm Raises White Whales in the White Sea.

Taking photos underwater without a flash is not common, but it actually is easier than using a flash. I have a few tips and advice for getting good results.

Edited by Gunild Symes   Pierre Sentjens

Pierre Sentjens is an artist and painter living in Brussels, Belgium. X-RAY MAG caught up with him to find out the secrets behind his luminous paintings of the sea.

Mathias Carvalho   Ron and Valerie Taylor

Valerie Taylor, along with her husband Ron, are two of the true pioneers of underwater photo and video, since their debut in the 1960s.

Cedric Verdier  

Except if you spent a few years in a catholic church or a few hours enjoying the movie with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, the seven deadly sins are often considered a notion of the past.

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