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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

So which one is it? A stonefish or a scorpionfish?

by Ivana and Janez - 24th July 2018
I often get confused between stonefish and scorpionfish and need to remind myself what the differences between them are. Both belong to the order Scor...
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...
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

Underwater robot begins one-year mission

by Mares - 28th July 2016
Autonomous deep-sea robot at work Deep on the Arctic seabed, an autonomous deep-sea robot has been hard at work, having recently started its one-y...
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...
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

The Wobbegong Shark

by Ivana and Janez - 16th March 2018
When I first heard the name 'Carpet shark', I thought it was a joke. The name does not sound very complimentary, and I would never believe that a fami...
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

New Equipment Testing: Jupiter mask and Excite fins

by Ivana and Janez - 11th June 2018
My name is Barış Şendemir and I have been working in the diving industry since 2006 (TSSF 2 STAR instructor and SSİ D.M.I). I work at Bluegate Div...
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

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?’...
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 the s...
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...
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...
Damir

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...
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 WeissenseeLatest endeavour is more difficult and exciting – and all performed under the ...
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...
Herbert

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...
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...
b_rad

The “Biggest” Little Photo Workshop in the Diving Industry

by b_rad - 6th September 2017
The biggest in prizes that is. This summer some photographers are going to win almost $10,000 in Mares gear along with two week-long dive packages ...
Predrag

Try Something Different – Scuba Diving and Stand Up Paddle Board

by Predrag - 28th August 2017
Before I traveled to the Cayman Islands I knew what to expect; I had been there so many times for photographic and diving adventures. As I know about...
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...
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...
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...