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Mares

Kelp along Southern California coastline resisted warmer temperatures

by Mares - 16th December 2016
In early 2014, when a large-scale heat wave in the Pacific Ocean produced temperature anomalies greater than anything seen since the early 1900s (...
Mares

Tourism in Sinai badly affected by recession – More than 50 dive centres have ceased operations

by Mares - 23rd February 2016
The dive industry in Sinai has been hard hit by the current recession in the tourism sector, and more than 50 dive centres have ceased operations as...
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...
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

“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

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 ...
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...
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...
Damir

Sea Lions – Los Islotes

by Damir - 2nd January 2018
Los Islotes island is located just 25 miles, or just over an hour’s boat ride, from La Paz. The ride towards the island is like a small safari thro...
Hannah

Sea Something, Say Something: Coral Reef Citizen Science

by Hannah - 11th December 2017
We have had a hectic hurricane season here in the Florida and Caribbean region, which can have a big effect on our beloved coral reefs. Coral reefs ar...
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...
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...
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...
Rene Trost

The Fourth Walensee Apnea Festival: 5th – 6th August 2017

by Rene Trost - 10th August 2017
Sincere thanks to all participants, to our sponsor's Mares, SSI, Davosa, ChrisBenz, Ivana Orlović, Samo Jeranko and Neza. The special thing with Ivan...
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 ...
Herbert

3-D Underwater Imaging

by Herbert - 1st August 2017
New age imaging system brings 3-D perspective to underwater sites A revolutionary new multi-function, underwater imaging system has been developed by...
BGfU

Underwater Archaeological Exploration

by BGfU - 10th July 2017
The underwater archaeological exploration of a late roman shipwreck on the coast of the Istrian peninsula as part of a continuing cooperation of betwe...
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...
Mares

Compass jellyfish in Boka Bay, Montenegro

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

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...
Frank

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...
Hannah

Survey needs divers to speak up for value of Florida’s reefs

by Hannah - 28th April 2017
Beautiful coral reefs are priceless to divers and snorkelers. The intrinsic value of dipping below the waves, leaving the stress of the topside behi...
Hannah

Surviving Murphy’s Law to study sharks

by Hannah - 24th April 2017
Have you ever had one of those days when just about everything goes wrong? Mine started out breaking one of my own rules: not packing my own dive ge...
Gerald

Soča – River Diving in Slovenia

by Gerald - 21st April 2017
As a child I went to Slovenia many times. My father was a passionate fly fisherman and Slovenia in the socialist period of Yugoslavia was an abso...
Scuba Diver Girls

The Scuba Diver Girls meet some curious seals!

by Scuba Diver Girls - 14th April 2017
“What is that?!” I gasped as I felt something tug my fin. I glanced over at Stephanie who was on top of the water with her GoPro. She had her c...
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, ...
Gianluca

Artificial Blue Holes

by Gianluca - 28th October 2016
Until recently, deep freedive training during colder seasons in a swimming pool was impossible, but this is no longer the case. The first deep pool...
Gianluca

Freediving vs. Scuba diving

by Gianluca - 20th September 2016
Freediving and scuba diving, although having the same aim of exploring the depths, mean a completely different physical and mental approach. Here ar...
Gianluca

5 reasons to start freediving!

by Gianluca - 13th September 2016
Why should you get in to freediving? Here are 5 great reasons to try out this wonderful discipline! 1.  Freediving is a sport in all senses of the ...
Cat

To rEvo or not to rEvo, that is the question…..

by Cat - 12th August 2016
…..and in all honesty a question I really did not know the answer to!   If the scuba diving grapevine has worked well, you might ...
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

XR expert Florent M. Locatelli on board with the Mares blog!

by Mares - 13th July 2016
Florent M. Locatelli joined Mares & SSI in 2014; he is the “daddy” of the new MARES│XR line and now International Training Director for XR ...
Marcel

Great White Shark Tagging

by Marcel - 5th July 2016
Finning, bycatch in commercial fishing, over fishing, sport fishing, contamination, pollution and targeted killing let the shark populations rapid...
Mares

The not so silent world

by Mares - 27th May 2016
There is no doubt Jacques would be jealous. Sure, he had pristine reefs and healthier fish populations but the guy was swimming around with a flare ...
Mares

How to scuba dive – without getting wet!

by Mares - 23rd May 2016
Diving allows us to observe the vast diversity of marine life in our oceans, and gives us the privilege of exploring beautiful coral reefs, colourful...
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

Coral reefs can condition themselves against coral bleaching

by Mares - 19th April 2016
The Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing coral bleaching on an unprecedented scale, and scientists have voiced much concern about this. Howe...
Mares

Baby sharks defy ocean acidification

by Mares - 15th April 2016
Some baby sharks are able to cope with the level of ocean acidification predicted for the end of this century, according to a recently published Aus...
Mares

New study shows relationship between fisheries harvest and reef resilience

by Mares - 13th April 2016
To better protect the coral reefs of the Caribbean, tighter fishery regulations are needed to offset the mounting pressures they face from global wa...
Mares

Straits of Gibraltar no deterrent to breeding eels

by Mares - 12th April 2016
Researchers, including one from the Technical University of Denmark, have proven for the first time that eels from the Mediterranean Sea do have a p...
Mares

Wadden Sea National Park under threat from Russian oil drilling company

by Mares - 4th April 2016
Greenpeace activists recently staged a demonstration against Russian oil company DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG (DEA), which has plans to start oil drilling...
Mares

Severe coral bleaching hits Great Barrier Reef

by Mares - 30th March 2016
Some recent surveys have shown how the rising temperature of the seawater has led to severe coral bleaching at Australia's Great Barrier Reef. As a...
Mares

New Sea Shepherd campaign launched

by Mares - 21st March 2016
Sea Shepherd has launched a campaign called Operation Driftnet focusing on the illegal and destructive method of driftnet fishing in the Indian Ocea...
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...