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What is wrong with these people? The problem of dog waste…



I had a nice surf this morning. The sun was just rising over the hill at Sennen in Cornwall. The swell was small but clean, and the sea temperature still not too cold for this time of year. I jogged from the van to the beach, feeling pretty good, until I saw the ever too common plastic bag of dog sh*t neatly placed on a rock half way to the water. This is a sight we are seeing far too often these days, be it in the country, along side roads, in parks, on the beaches; it’s everywhere.

Think about the two items. Dog sh*t and plastic bags. Both on their own are pretty repulsive, but together and not properly disposed of, they are on a whole new level of wanton pollution. On the beaches, people are often in the public eye with their dogs and so do the right thing by picking up the poo in a plastic bag. But then, perhaps while no one is watching, they put the bag down and leave it for someone else to find and take care of. They should know – there are no dog sh*t fairies and even if there were, they wouldn’t find it in a plastic bag.

So what happens to it. Seagulls may rip it open in the forlorn search of food. Small kids may pick it up to see what it is and if left above the high water mark, sooner or later someone is going to stand in this well preserved bag of waste. But, if it is left on the beach and below the high water mark, then it is going to end up in the sea. More plastic to pollute our already overstretched oceans. It’s disgusting, it’s vile, it’s unnecessary, it’s lazy and it’s anti-social.

The thing that prompts me to write on this occasion is that the offending bag was placed on a rock not 50 meters from an official council dog poo waste bin. Whoever did this needs naming and shaming. If you see people doing this, have a word with them or at least try to take a photo and put it on social media. It has to stop.

Put it in a bin or take it home and hang it on a branch in your own garden!

Jeff Goodman is the Editor-at-Large for with responsibility for conservation and underwater videography. Jeff is an award-winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker who lives in Cornwall, UK. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.


Nauticam announce NA-A7C Housing for Sony a7C Camera



Sony’s latest full frame mirrorless camera, the a7C offers the underwater image maker one of the most compact and travel friendly full frame systems available on the market today.  The a7C features Sony’s latest stellar autofocus and a much improved battery life thanks to its use of the larger Z series battery. The BIONZ X processor delivers superb low-light performance and faster image processing. For video shooters, the a7C features internal UHD 4K capture in the wide-dynamic range HLG image profile at up to 30p.

Nauticam has housed more mirrorless cameras, and more Sony E Mount cameras than any other housing manufacturer. This experience results in the most evolved housing line with broadest range of accessories available today.

Pioneering optical accessories elevate performance to a new level. Magnifying viewfinders, the sharpest super macro accessory lenses ever made, and now the highest quality water contact wide angle lenses (the WWL-1B and WACP-1) combine with the NA-A7C housing to form a complete imaging system.

Nauticam is known for ergonomics, and an unmatched experience. Key controls are placed at the photographer’s fingertips. The housing and accessories are light weight, and easy to assemble. The camera drops in without any control presetting, and lens port changes are effortless.

NA-A7C features an integrated handle system. This ergonomic style provides exceptional control access, even with thick gloves, with ideal placement of the shutter release and a thumb-lever to actuate the AF-ON button from the right handle.

Nauticam build quality is well known by underwater photographers around the globe. The housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water corrosion. Marine grade stainless and plastic parts complete the housing, and it is backed by a two year warranty against manufacturing defects.

For more information in the UK visit the Nauticam website by clicking here.

For more information in the USA visit the Nauticam website by clicking here.

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BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series – The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau



A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.

The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau

We have a new host, Dr. Colleen Bielitz, and today we’ll be interviewing a recent college graduate as part of our once-a-month episode that focuses on students: the next generation of conservationists, researchers, and activists.

What are the next generation of ocean stewards doing to protect our Blue Earth? Join us as we find out by speaking to Lauren Brideau, a recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. Lauren started as an undeclared major but soon found her calling, now she is part of a research team conserving life below water.  She is a prime example that if you want to defend our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea to survive, now is the time to become part of the solution.

Richard E Hyman Bio

Richard is the Chairman and President of Future Frogmen.

Born from mentoring and love of the ocean, Richard is developing an impactful non-profit organization. His memoir, FROGMEN, details expeditions aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s famed ship Calypso.

Future Frogmen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and public charity that works to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature. They foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives.

You can find more episodes and information at and on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.


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