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70 years of Mares!

by Mares - 21st January 2019
Mares is turning 70 this year! Who knows whether our founder Ludovico Mares could have ever dreamed that 70 years later the company he started woul...
Ivana and Janez

The Story of Satil

by Ivana and Janez - 4th April 2019
It is often said that ships, just like people, have their destinies. The story of the sunken ship Satil (also known as Ahi Sufa) is more than interest...
Robert

Azoren – im Reich der Wale

by Robert - 25th March 2019
Die einzigartige Lage der Azoren in einer Übergangszone zwischen den kalten, nährstoffreichen Strömungen aus dem Norden und dem warmen Golfstrom ...
Peter

Von Killerwalen und Primaten – Teil1

by Peter - 18th February 2019
... oder wie man vom Warmdusche zum Eistauchern wird. Buckelwale in Tahiti, bei 28°C Wassertemperatur, das war bisher meine Welt. Schimpf mich Trope...
Ivana and Janez

Picasso’s muse?

by Ivana and Janez - 25th January 2019
We learn something new every day. Recently I discovered that the beautiful triggerfish is also known as the Picassofish, the Lagoon Triggerfish or t...
Thomas Van Puymbroeck

De dolfijnen van Sataya reef

by Thomas Van Puymbroeck - 9th January 2019
Diep in de Rode Zee, ver weg van alle beschaving, doemt dit azuurblauwe rif op. Het lijkt wel op een natuurlijk oase midden in de oceaan, omringd door...
Ivana and Janez

Fortunal – A beauty of a wreck dive!

by Ivana and Janez - 31st October 2018
When the fishing ship was given the name Fortunal, the owner had no idea it would be a bad omen. Allegedly, ‘fortunal’ means storm, tempest, fat...
Mares

Dive Expedition – Mt. Treskavica Lakes

by Mares - 26th October 2018
Located thirty kilometers south of Sarajevo, the Treskavica mountain range is no doubt one of the most beautiful in Bosnia and Herzegovina, known amon...
Ivana and Janez

Cruisers vs Boka Kotorska Bay

by Ivana and Janez - 10th October 2018
An interview with Dr. Vesna Macic, Marine Biologist Sailing on big cruisers is becoming very popular as a means of vacation and one of the most bea...
Ivana and Janez

Corals are the perfect models

by Ivana and Janez - 4th October 2018
Looking at wonderful, colourful, tropical coral reefs, many people believe that the organisms responsible for these structures are plant based. Noth...
Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona

XR Wreck Tour 2018 – Part 2

by Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona - 7th September 2018
On Monday morning we leave for the third stop. The destination is Marina di Gioiosa Ionica, in Calabria. In Stefano’s van, filled with divers and di...
Ivana and Janez

Blowfish, balloonfish, pufferfish, puffers, blowies, toadfish…so which one is it?

by Ivana and Janez - 15th August 2018
The name of a fish order - Tetraodontiformes - does not sound familiar to many, but when we look into the ten fish families listed in it, we discover ...
Ivana and Janez

Hermit crabs against plastic!

by Ivana and Janez - 31st July 2018
Hermit crabs are decapod crustaceans which, like other members of this order, have segmented bodies and very well developed eyes, claws and legs. They...
Ivana and Janez

The best known wrecks of Jordan

by Ivana and Janez - 16th July 2018
It is in the northernmost part of the Red Sea, at the very tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, that Jordan reaches out to the sea. The city that dominates this ...
Ivana and Janez

Octopuses – They have it all!

by Ivana and Janez - 22nd June 2018
Who doesn’t like octopuses? They have it all: beautiful, smart and unique. These molluscs are part of the order ‘Octopoda’ (eight limbs) and are...
Ivana and Janez

Mikovica Cave

by Ivana and Janez - 19th June 2018
There have been a lot of articles written about cave diving since it is arguably the most extreme type of diving. When getting into cave diving, you h...
Ivana and Janez

A ship’s fate: The demise of Dague

by Ivana and Janez - 23rd May 2018
On the cold night of February 24th 1915, French destroyer Dague was anchored outside the port of Bar, assigned to protect merchant ships in the area. ...
Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona

Diving at the Lighthouse, Portofino, Italy

by Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona - 16th May 2018
"The lighthouse point in Portofino is one of the most suggestive sites of the promontory. A unique, spectacular environment and a dive waiting to be d...
Ivana and Janez

“Caution, sea urchins!”

by Ivana and Janez - 9th May 2018
"Caution, sea urchins!" Does this sound familiar? The name ‘sea urchin’ resounds on almost every dive boat. We are always warned about the danger...
Ivana and Janez

Clownfish

by Ivana and Janez - 3rd May 2018
What’s the world’s most famous fish? Well, I think Clark’s anemonefish is. What’s that you say? Remember Nemo? Well, Nemo was a false anemone...
Robert

Operation Hailstone – Truk Lagoon

by Robert - 29th March 2018
On February 17, 1944, more than 60 Japanese warships and over 400 fighter jets await their deployment. No one suspects that the US Navy is already on ...
Ivana and Janez

Primitive? Maybe. Ugly? Definitely not!

by Ivana and Janez - 26th March 2018
Featherstars are more scientifically known as crinoids – coming from a Greek word meaning ‘lily-like’- so it comes as no surprise that they are ...
Ivana and Janez

Mares XR – Review

by Ivana and Janez - 20th March 2018
The Mares XR1 Kevlar Dry Suit, Active Heat Vest and Extreme Undergarment have been used in a year-long ultimate endurance test at Weissensee, the high...
Ivana and Janez

Icy Adventures

by Ivana and Janez - 9th March 2018
When you think of diving under the ice in Europe, what first comes to mind is Lake Weissensee, located in the Austrian province of Karnten. This glaci...
Ivana and Janez

XR from the Diver’s Point of View

by Ivana and Janez - 2nd March 2018
When you look back in your logbook and see thousands of recorded dives, you may think to yourself ‘What more could I possibly learn about diving?’...
Ivana and Janez

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

by Ivana and Janez - 20th February 2018
As a Mares Ambassador, I had the honour of being a part of an extraordinary expedition, organised by the Ocean Geographic Explorer Foundation. The org...
Predrag

The Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine and MaresLAB in Belgrade

by Predrag - 13th February 2018
The idea of founding the Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine came in 1994 from the company HOLYWELL NEOPREN. The idea was born from a knowledge of the poss...
b_rad

Photographer engulfed in manta ray mating dance in Yap, Micronesia

by b_rad - 12th February 2018
One of the greatest shows underwater is seeing Yap's resident manta ray population fully engaged in courtship - "dancing mantas". This is an underw...
Ivana and Janez

Mantas – the gentle giants of the seas

by Ivana and Janez - 7th February 2018
Manta rays – the diver's dream. Belonging to the family Mobulidae, there are two species of Manta Ray often seen and admired by divers: Manta birost...
Ivana and Janez

Blackwater Night Dive

by Ivana and Janez - 24th January 2018
To most divers, a night dive is their favourite kind of dive. Everything becomes pacified at night. The lamps we use on night dives highlight the true...
Gerald

Dive into the underwater world of Milford Sound

by Gerald - 22nd January 2018
We are now far at the south end of New Zealand. More specifically in the southwest, in the world of the fjords. Here, the first fjord originated in pr...
Herbert

Three freediving world records broken during weekend at the Weissensee

by Herbert - 16th January 2018
Three freediving world records broken during weekend at the Weissensee

Latest endeavour is more difficult and exciting – and all performed un...
Herbert

115 previously unknown species discovered in the Mekong

by Herbert - 8th January 2018
Something new in the East! A crocodile lizard, a snail-eating turtle, and a bat that looks like a character from a Star Wars movie – these are ju...
Herbert

Alec Blalock and his “sunken tree treasures”

by Herbert - 20th December 2017
Rough shell, hard core How do you describe a man who is so multi-faceted and so full of stories that you can learn all about him – if that is eve...
Ivana and Janez

The Lions of the Ocean

by Ivana and Janez - 1st December 2017
Lionfish (Pterois spp) are represented by 12 very closely related species. These majestic and amazing looking fish are among underwater photographe...
Alejandro Andrés

Freediving Patagonia

by Alejandro Andrés - 27th November 2017
Have you ever thought about what freediving in Patagonia is like? I'm a competitive Freediver and run Freediving Patagonia, my own SSI Freedive Cen...
Ivana and Janez

Let there be light!

by Ivana and Janez - 15th November 2017
A review of the new DCT Canister underwater light from Mares' XR range! "I’m delighted with my new Mares DCT canister diving light: with 3200lm f...
Gianluca

Freediving: How water conditions influence our performance

by Gianluca - 14th November 2017
As all freedivers with a minimum of experience know, water conditions greatly influence our performance, and a depth easily reached in the Red Sea i...
Herbert

Scientists present research results on ocean acidification

by Herbert - 31st October 2017
Ocean acidification and warming affect life in the sea In November 2017, the final phase of the German research association for ocean acidification...
Gianluca

What’s your approach to freediving?

by Gianluca - 27th October 2017
When we talk about freediving we often mention positive feelings, well-being and technique - but is this always true? When people are getting to know ...
Herbert

Marine Snowfall at Equator

by Herbert - 13th October 2017
Detailed picture of biological particle flow to deep sea along the equator Animal excrement and parts of dead organisms constantly sink from the oc...
Damir

Cave and Wreck diving on the Island of Vis

by Damir - 11th October 2017
The Island of Vis is not only known for its astounding underwater life, but also for its numerous wrecks, of both airplanes and ships, as well as coun...
Herbert

Nautical charts from the 18th century reveal coral loss in Florida Keys

by Herbert - 15th September 2017
Surprisingly precise historical charts show important ecological information Centuries-old sea nautical charts created by seafarers to avoid collis...
Herbert

Researchers measure unusually high oxygen uptake in the Labrador Sea

by Herbert - 13th September 2017
Ocean taking a deep breath? Stormy, rough and very cold: these characteristics of the Labrador Sea may initially seem uncomfortable, but they are o...
David

Where None Have Gone Before!

by David - 8th September 2017
It's not every day that you get to dive a new site which is not only new for you, but new to diving, period, and to do so with the new MARES QUAD comp...
Mares

The Myth of the Jellyfish

by Mares - 1st September 2017
When I asked my child what jellyfish were, she said they are half fish, half jelly… Well nothing could be further from the truth, as they are not ev...
BGfU

‘Expect the unexpected’ – Underwater archaeological research around the island of Mozia, Sicily

by BGfU - 22nd August 2017
In July 2017, scientific divers of the Bavarian Society for Underwaterarchaeology (BGfU) and the Philipps University Marburg were invited by the Sop...
Mares

Macro World

by Mares - 9th August 2017
When we become divers we go through different stages in our diving adventure. We start off scared/excited (nervous-cited) of what lies ahead of us. We...