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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...

Dolphins to save endangered vaquitas

by Herbert - 17th October 2017
Vaquitas to be tracked by dolphins and kept in holding pens The Mexican government is using dolphins trained by the US Navy to try and save the vaq...

South Africa: Death of endangered humpback dolphin provokes controversy about shark nets

by Herbert - 30th August 2017
Shark nets are deadly traps for dolphins, sharks and other marine inhabitants The death of an endangered humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) in a shar...

First DAN Academy of Dive Medicine in Columbia

by Mares - 28th August 2016
The first DAN Academy of Dive Medicine in Columbia was recently held at the Navy Base A.R.C. Bolivia in Cartagena de Indias, Columbia.Conducted in Sp...

The need for “back-ups”

by Cat - 5th March 2018
After returning from a recent scuba training event in the Red Sea it reminded me that each year literally millions of people flock to the warm water...
Franco and Sabrina

The Island of Santa Maria

by Franco and Sabrina - 27th February 2018
Islands in the current of an endless ocean (Part Two) Read Part 1 here Santa Maria In the Azores' archipelago, days take their cue from t...

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 po...

Wild Papua – Looking for history

by Damir - 29th January 2018
Raja Ampat, best known for its diversity of marine life, can best be described as a coral reef on steroids: 75 percent of all known coral can be found...
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...

Greenpeace travels to unexplored parts of the Antarctic

by Herbert - 19th January 2018
Expedition to provide further arguments for the world's largest marine protected area Greenpeace will explore previously barely known regions in th...

Three freediving world records broken during weekend at the Weissensee

by Herbert - 16th January 2018
Three freediving world records broken during weekend at the WeissenseeLatest endeavour is more difficult and exciting – and all performed under the ...

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...

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...

Dolphins in Red Sea tormented by tourists!

by Herbert - 7th December 2017
Tourists should not swim with dolphins Swimming with dolphins in the Red Sea endangers the survival of these marine mammals, warns the GRD (Gesells...

Japan allowed to continue trade in threatened whales’ meat

by Herbert - 4th December 2017
CITIES meeting misses historic opportunity Last week, on 27 November 2017, the Standing Committee of CITES missed the opportunity to put an end to ...
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...

Faster reproduction ensures immigrant species success

by Herbert - 19th November 2017
Why only a few introduced species establish themselves in foreign marine regions The number of non-native species detected for the first time in ma...

Blue Dolphin of Malta International Underwater Competition

by Herbert - 14th November 2017
12th Edition of the prestigious competition held in Gozo The 12th Edition of the Blue Dolphin of Malta International Underwater Competition was hel...

A Sea of Opportunities at DEMA 2017

by Hannah - 8th November 2017
The Dive Equipment Manufacturing Association’s annual four-day, industry-only trade show just wrapped up in Orlando, Florida. With attendance of mor...

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...

Bluefin tuna return to North Sea

by Herbert - 2nd October 2017
Researchers tag fish with satellite trackers After an absence of more than 50 years, the endangered bluefin tuna has returned to the North Sea. A j...

Successes in fight against dolphin threats in South Africa

by Herbert - 27th September 2017
First shark nets dismantled After the fourth incident earlier in 2017 involving an endangered humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) in a shark net off R...

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...

9th Rebreather Reunion Hemmoor Germany

by Herbert - 4th September 2017
Meeting took place on 25 to 27 August 2017 On August 25th to 27th, the ninth "Rebreather Reunion Hemmoor Germany" was held at the Kreidesee in Hemm...

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...
Fred Buyle

Blue Shark Tagging in the Azores

by Fred Buyle - 30th August 2017
Every year since 2005 I have been helping marine biologists do their fieldwork using my freediving skills. During the summer, blue sharks are abund...

Virus reprograms ocean plankton

by Herbert - 24th August 2017
Infected plankton cells absorb more nutrients A virus that infects plankton can reprogram cells and thus alter the way the plankton absorbs nutrien...

What do whales have to do with homeopathy?

by Herbert - 18th August 2017
EU prohibits whaling, but not trade in whale productsIf we think of sperm whales, we think of Moby Dick, and of whales that dive up to 2,000 meters de...
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...

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 ...

‘Weedy’ fish species to dominate future oceans due to ocean acidification

by Herbert - 24th July 2017
Such fish are “marine equivalent to rats” For the first time, researchers at University of Adelaide have demonstrated that the ocean acidificat...

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week finally features females

by Hannah - 21st July 2017
No doubt about it, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week gets a lot of attention with more than 2.5 million viewers in 2015. However, the network has bee...

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...

Changes in atmospheric CO2 concentration can cause temperature fluctuations

by Mares - 22nd June 2017
Scientists use climate models to investigate fluctuations During the last Ice Age, the influence of atmospheric carbon dioxide on the North Atlanti...

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...

Adriatic Cuttlefish

by Mares - 16th June 2017
Cuttlefish or cuttles are marine animals of the order Sepiida. They belong to the class Cephalopoda, which also includes squid, octopus, and the nau...

Why do krill stocks in Antarctica fluctuate?

by Herbert - 9th June 2017
Climatic influences not as important as previously thought Although just six centimeters long, the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) plays an imp...

How are whales and dolphins doing in Europe?

by Mares - 24th May 2017
New population estimates released Ten EU Member States have carried out a survey of the distribution and abundance of whales and dolphins in Europea...
Franco and Sabrina

Vamonos à bucear

by Franco and Sabrina - 15th May 2017
The look of the Baja California Sur can appear tedious: cactus, desert, rocks, beaches and vice versa, but the underwater side of the coin is aweso...

Compass jellyfish in Boka Bay, Montenegro

by Mares - 13th May 2017 graceful and elegant, yet at the same time found in so many different colors and shapes. Their movements remind you of an underwater ...

Master of the coral reef – The Giant Moray Eel

by Mares - 12th May 2017
Sometimes ugly, sometimes frightening, and of imposing size, the Giant Moray Eel is the master of the coral reefs of the Red Sea. With incredibly fl...

Time Issues

by Frank - 9th May 2017
Filmmaking is not a common job. You have to be very passionate about it and that is mostly because it takes time. Not only because of the hours, day...

Mediterranean Great Sharks Project

by Emir - 23rd April 2017
The 'GranResearch Program', named 'GREBA', has been running since 2015 and aims to identify, label and study shark species in Algerian waters. &nbs...

Florida manatee population likely to withstand for 100 years

by Herbert - 20th April 2017
Manatee population to slowly grow and shift northward Florida's manatee population is likely to endure for the next century, provided wildlife man...

Santorini: How explosive was the Aegean?

by Mares - 18th April 2017
German-Greek research team investigate Santorini's volcanic pastThe Santorini archipelago in the southern Aegean Sea is one of the best spots for an ...

YO-44 aka Kodiak Queen: Richard Branson to sink WWII ship that survived Pearl Harbor attack

by Herbert - 12th April 2017
Ship targetted to become artificial reef These days, weather permitting, a ship is scheduled to sink. Nothing special? In the course of the day, the...

First cave fish in Europe discovered

by Herbert - 5th April 2017
Fish is also world's most northerly cave fishFew species are as well hidden as those that live underground. In Europe, there are many animals in the ...
Franco and Sabrina

The massive and solitary Sphyrna Mokarran

by Franco and Sabrina - 4th April 2017
A few weeks ago I was leading a micro-group of passionate divers and UW photographers to Bimini Island, a lovely sandy patch amid the Gulf Stream, ...