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Eurasian water shrew is Switzerland’s Animal of 2016

by Mares - 8th January 2016
A water shrew that hunts underwater has been named Animal of 2016 by Swiss environmental organisation Pro Natura. The Eurasian water shrew (Neomys f...
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...
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

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

Loop 15X Review

by Ivana and Janez - 28th May 2018
I have been scuba diving for 35 years and for the last 15 years I have been a dive instructor, running my own dive center in Bar, Montenegro. Recentl...
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. ...
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...
Ivana and Janez

The Prettiest of Worms

by Ivana and Janez - 4th April 2018
When we think of worms, these colourful, feathery, flower-like creatures are not the first things that come to mind. Their colourful tentacles make th...
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?’...
Mares

Celebes Divers, Siladen Island – Onong Resort & Kuda Laut Boutique Dive Resort

by Mares - 23rd February 2018
We're back with Celebes Divers Manado once again to find out what their other dive centers have to offer. At the moment they are offering 30% off b...
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...
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

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...
Franco and Sabrina

An island in the current of an endless ocean

by Franco and Sabrina - 5th January 2018
Nine islands of lava, each one different from the other; some with high coasts and fjords, inlets that seem to have been cut into the rock; others w...
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...
Franco and Sabrina

The treasures of the submerged archaeological park of Baia

by Franco and Sabrina - 10th November 2017
Can you believe that is possible to freedive and scuba dive side by side with a grouper or an octopus, among the extraordinary beauty of submerged imp...
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...
Ivana and Janez

Diving in the Drina River

by Ivana and Janez - 12th October 2017
The Drina River, formed by the confluence of the Tara and Piva rivers near the village of Scepan Polje, represents a natural border between Serbia and...
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...
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...
Gianluca

Freediving: safety and fun

by Gianluca - 14th August 2017
Over the past few years, freedivers have been growing in number, and this makes me very happy. When I started out, freediving wasn’t so normal. ...
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...
Marjan Radovic

Sea Turtle Recovery Center – Croatia

by Marjan Radovic - 7th August 2017
Recently, at the invitation of my friend Marinko Babić, I attended a unique underwater photography event. At the Verudela Lighthouse in Pula - Croat...
Mares

The living dinosaurs of the sea

by Mares - 4th August 2017
Out of the seven species of sea turtles, six have made it onto the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) red list, with two species ...
Mares

In the darkness of caverns

by Mares - 2nd August 2017
I am certain there is not a single scuba diver that has never been drawn to the dark, hidden places which appear while diving; especially when we ...
Gianluca

Freediving: Seas vs Lakes

by Gianluca - 31st July 2017
Often those who live near the sea don’t even think about the fact that they can go freediving in other contexts, and lakes are great training grou...
Herbert

Mangroves: “Forests on stilts” in dire straits

by Herbert - 26th July 2017
Half of the world's mangroves already destroyed, says WWF on World Mangrove Day Today, on World Mangrove Day (26 July 2017), the WWF issues a warni...
Gianluca

Freediving in the Mediterranean islands

by Gianluca - 24th July 2017
In Italy there are many small islands where practicing freediving is particularly pleasant. The islands near Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, the Aega...
Mares

The secret beauty of Nudibranchs

by Mares - 13th July 2017
Nudibranchs come in many different colours, shapes and sizes. According to various sources, there are between 2000 - 3000 different species of nudibra...
Gianluca

Freediving in Swiss lakes with Gianluca Genoni

by Gianluca - 12th July 2017
Freediving often means exploring crystalline waters to see and discover the wonders of the ocean, but this is not always the case… For around 14 ye...
Mares

Diving the B-24 Liberator in Vis, Croatia

by Mares - 17th June 2017
This B-24 Liberator is the last one of the series. The undersea world around the island of Vis is without a doubt one of the areas in the Adriatic S...
Gianluca

French Connection – A freediving course with the Mares France team

by Gianluca - 15th June 2017
A super freediving course with the Mares France team. A week spent learning more about freediving but also sharing our passion for the sea. The aim...
Emir

La Goergette-René, a wreck in a cave !

by Emir - 7th June 2017
In Algeria you can find unusual things, like this boat from the 19th century discovered in the lake of Bir Bensomane in Guelma, East Algeria. This ...