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Herbert

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...
Mares

Reintroduction of European flat oysters in German North Sea

by Mares - 30th June 2016
Three-year trial will set up foundation for restoration of species For the first time, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) has...
Submaris

Open Ocean Research

by Submaris - 10th April 2018
The Big Blue! Finally! After three days of travelling via plane, a short delay of one day due to carnival, and a long taxi ride along winding grave...
Herbert

Increase in melting sea ice may lead to higher food supply in Arctic

by Herbert - 26th September 2017
In the Arctic, melt ponds are formed every year when snow and sea ice melt at the end of winter. As a result of global warming, there are increasingly...
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...
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...
Herbert

Freshwater sources in the sea

by Herbert - 20th July 2017
The invisible water resource

In the scientific journal Earth Science Reviews, geologists Nils Moosdorf and Till Oehler from the Leibniz Cen...
Mares

Researchers gather at Great Barrier Reef to study latest coral bleaching

by Mares - 21st March 2017
Aerial and underwater surveys to be conducted

As coral bleaching strikes the Great Barrier Reef for the second year in a row, coral resear...
Mares

Wave-Glider: Keeping track of marine research in real time

by Mares - 3rd March 2017
Online portal for Wave Glider missions launched

Wave Glider missions can now be viewed online – and they are live.

Operated by the G...
Herbert

Last chance for calves of the seas

by Herbert - 17th February 2017
World's smallest porpoise faces extinction threat

Based on the current numbers, the population of vaquitas (the world's smallest porpoises) fe...
Mares

Map of seafloor shows new details about 2015 eruption at Axial Seamount

by Mares - 29th December 2016
The Axial Seamount, an underwater volcano about 470 kilometres off the Oregon coast, is one of the world's most active volcanoes and one of the most...
Mares

New insights into the changes of the Nordic Seas during interglacials

by Mares - 5th December 2016
The characteristics of the water masses in the Nordic Seas are expected to change due to the Earth's higher temperatures and melting glaciers.
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Mares

Arctic sea ice at its second-lowest ever this September

by Mares - 16th September 2016
In September 2016, the surface of the Arctic sea ice shrank to nearly 4.1 million square kilometres – the second smallest recorded area since sate...
Mares

WWF salvages discarded ghost nets in Baltic Sea

by Mares - 1st August 2016
Divers can help by reporting location of ghost nets

It was a successful start to the campaign: A big trawl net and gillnet weighing about 1.5 ...
Mares

Overfishing causes collapse of cod fisheries in Baltic Sea

by Mares - 15th July 2016
Scientists suggest revision of maximum catch quotas Cod is the great predator of the Baltic Sea and the main fish stock for German coastal fisherm...
Cat

The Red Sea still drawing in the divers…..

by Cat - 11th July 2016
I am sat in my office trying to catch up on some paperwork in between packing my bags once again to travel to Europe and I am looking ...
Mares

Deciphering the history of plate tectonics in North Pacific

by Mares - 14th June 2016
Researchers embark on ten-week expedition The land along the archipelago of the Aleutian Islands and the Kamchatka Peninsula is one of the most ac...
Mares

This year’s decline of Arctic sea ice may be as bad as the record low of 2012

by Mares - 19th May 2016
At the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), sea ice physicists have predicted that the sea ice cover in t...
Mares

Researchers use new method to date lava flows

by Mares - 11th April 2016
To better understand the formation of the Earth's crust, scientists at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel have used new technology ...
Mares

Book launch at Maritime Museum shines light on first German deep-sea expedition

by Mares - 7th March 2016
Zoologist Carl Chun from Leipzig was fascinated by the possibilities within the deep sea. In a speech to the German Association of Natural Scientist...
Mares

Invasive seaweed develops stronger defences

by Mares - 4th January 2016
A higher level of defence has been found within an invasive strain of seaweed from Asia that has translocated to North America and Europe. Should th...
Mares

Plastic waste threatens lives of seabirds in Helgoland

by Mares - 11th December 2015
Pilot study initiated to gather more information High on the cliffs of Helgoland, a small German archipelago in the North Sea, environmental activi...
Mares

Arctic sea ice plays essential role in methane cycle

by Mares - 8th December 2015
Study uncovers link between seasonal melting of sea ice and release of methane gas The ice-covered Arctic Ocean plays a more important role in det...
Mares

Italian navy divers seal off wreck

by Mares - 4th December 2015
Explosives inside wreck stolen by local Mafia syndicate A ship which had over the years become a source of explosives for criminals has been sealed...
Mares

Mesmerising creatures of the sea, yet so vicious – Misadventures with comb jellies

by Mares - 18th November 2015
Looking through the mask, it appears as if an alien lifeform is trying to communicate with the divers, flashing its light signals from eight rows of...
Mares

Billions of juvenile polar cod under Arctic sea ice

by Mares - 14th October 2015
With a newly developed netting gear, marine scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute managed to catch a large number of juvenile polar cod (Boreogad...
Herbert

Eilat: In The Sea And On The Sand For Your Fun In The Sun

by Herbert - 17th July 2015
For Your Fun In The Sun When temperatures start to drop during those winter months in Germany, many of us would be heading for the next best place...
Submaris

The forgotten shipwrecks of the Battle of Heligoland – 1914

by Submaris - 14th March 2019
On the 28th of August 1914, the first naval battle of the First World War was fought between ships from Germany and the United Kingdom. The battle ...
Herbert

Thousands of dolphins die as countries ignore EU regulations

by Herbert - 23rd November 2017
Whales and dolphins continue to perish as bycatch in fishing nets The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Organization (WDC) has examined the implementa...
Mares

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...
Mares

Kiel Fjord as training ground for mussels

by Mares - 4th May 2017
Genetic adaptation likely to have occurred over many generations

Mussels from the Kiel Fjord were discovered to be able to adapt to ocean ...
Herbert

New underwater observatory to monitor zooplankton

by Herbert - 10th December 2016
Scientists from the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) have placed an optical...
Mares

Greenpeace gathers 24,000 signatures against oil drilling in national park

by Mares - 12th November 2016
High price for just a little oil

Last week, Greenpeace activists handed over 24,000 signed postcards to Dr Robert Habeck, Minister of Ener...
Cat

UK Inland Diving Locations Case Study – Stoney Cove

by Cat - 27th July 2016
The fact that the United Kingdom is an island, should mean that costal diving locations are plentiful and varied enough to keep the bu...
Mares

Marine life make themselves at home amongst dropped boulders at reef

by Mares - 6th June 2016
Boulders also prevent fishing activities from taking place. The large boulders dumped into the Sylt Outer Reef in the North Sea in 2008 and 2011 b...
Mares

International shipping routes and invasive species: What’s next?

by Mares - 26th April 2016
Scientists from Oldenburg and Frankfurt have modelled how the global shipping routes leads to the spread of invasive plant and animal species. Accor...
Mares

Environment groups call for more effective marine protection

by Mares - 18th March 2016
German environmental organisations have called for a more effective level of marine protection in the North and Baltic Sea by Federal Minister of Fo...
Mares

GRD: Seen any harbour porpoises lately?

by Mares - 11th March 2016
As in previous years, the GRD (Society for Dolphin Conservation) is appealing to the public to report any sightings of harbour porpoises (Phocoena p...
Mares

Whale carcasses from recent stranding dissected

by Mares - 10th February 2016
Staff from the German Oceanographic Museum had a whale of a task last weekend, dissecting the carcasses of three of the eight male sperm whales that...
Mares

Thirty percent of UNESCO natural World Heritage Sites at risk

by Mares - 6th October 2015
Almost one-third of all 229 UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites worldwide are being threatened by mining activity and the extraction of fossil fuels, ...
Dan

The Islands Of Tahiti: A Whale’s Paradise

by Dan - 6th May 2019
When someone mentions Tahiti, incredible sunsets and sipping cocktails whilst relaxing on over water bungalows comes to mind. Located in the Pacific o...
Ivana and Janez

Stubborn submarine

by Ivana and Janez - 30th April 2019
Submarines are true jewels for every wreck diving enthusiast. That is, perhaps, because submarine wrecks are quite rare, but even if they do exist, th...
Robert

The Azores – In the realm of the whales

by Robert - 25th March 2019
The unique location of the Azores, in a transition zone between the cold, nutrient-rich currents from the north and the warm Gulf Stream, makes the is...
Semra

My First Encounter with a Dugong

by Semra - 15th January 2019
Hello everybody and Happy New Year! Welcome to my latest blog! In my last blog I wrote about the 10 reasons to become a diver, check it out here if y...
Ivana and Janez

A closer look at Aqaba Bay – Interview with Abdullah Momany

by Ivana and Janez - 7th January 2019
Abdullah Momany is the owner and manager of the Red Sea Dive Center. He is also a marine biologist who has worked in the marine environment for over 1...
Gerald

The exciting journey of sockeye salmon

by Gerald - 22nd November 2018
Together with a handful of like-minded people I make my way to British Columbia. Via Vancouver, we drive to Shuswap Lake and wait for the sockeye salm...
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...
Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona

XR Wreck Tour 2018 – Part 1

by Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona - 4th September 2018
When my friend Giorgio Canepa told me about his idea to plan a week of dives, visiting some of the most interesting wrecks in the seas of southern Ita...
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