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Ivana and Janez

Appearances can be very deceiving! The Mantis shrimp…

by Ivana and Janez - 18th March 2019
I have always thought that Mantis shrimp are one of the most beautiful creatures you can find and photograph in shallow, warm, tropical and subtropica...
Ivana and Janez

Picasso’s muse?

by Ivana and Janez - 25th January 2019
We learn something new every day. Recently I discovered that the beautiful triggerfish is also known as the Picassofish, the Lagoon Triggerfish or t...
Mares

New Guiness World Record for Marina Kazankova and Dmitrij Malasenko!

by Mares - 11th January 2019
The Guinness World Record Attempt for the Longest Underwater Dance whilst freediving was a success at the deepest pool in the world: Y-40! It was a...
Ivana and Janez

Trumpetfish – The forgotten cousins of seahorses

by Ivana and Janez - 6th December 2018
There are only three species of trumpetfish in the world (discovered so far anyway): the Chinese trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis), the Western Atlan...
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...
Ivana and Janez

Freshwater vs marine diving

by Ivana and Janez - 13th November 2018
For more information on Marine Ecology, check out our friends at SSI! Most of us dive in a marine environment only. It is perceived as more exciting,...
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...
Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona

Diving at the Lighthouse, Portofino, Italy

by Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona - 16th May 2018
"The lighthouse point in Portofino is one of the most suggestive sites of the promontory. A unique, spectacular environment and a dive waiting to be d...
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

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Herbert

Florida: Shipwrecks as reef oases

by Herbert - 18th October 2017
Panama City Beach offers five historic wrecks along Panhandle Shipwreck Diving Trail Located in the northwest of Florida, Panama City Beach is prim...
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

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...
Franco and Sabrina

Fun, tech diving, photo pro, friends … what else?

by Franco and Sabrina - 25th July 2017
All over Croatia the sea is crystal clear with millions of shades, promising and seductive. It embraces a strip of land broken up into tiny islands wi...
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...
Gerald

Tasmania – Seadragon World

by Gerald - 28th June 2017
Kelp forests Not many divers from Europe know this part of the world. The flight from Europe passes over a number of tropical dream destinations – ...
Mares

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...
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

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...
Herbert

Marvels of the Arctic

by Herbert - 9th May 2017
Undertaking a cool journey of discovery

Water temperatures of minus 3°C. It is so cold here that using salt to lower the temperature of freez...
Gerald

A Playground in the Indian Ocean

by Gerald - 8th May 2017
Asia has always been my favourite region for travelling and diving. My first visit to Thailand was to Phuket in 1989. The diving was still quite man...
Herbert

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 ...
Herbert

First cave fish in Europe discovered

by Herbert - 5th April 2017
Fish is also world's most northerly cave fish

Few species are as well hidden as those that live underground. In Europe, there are many animals...
Gerald

Freediving in the Mediterranean

by Gerald - 24th March 2017
A few days of vacation in Rab. Time to relax and dive with my good old buddy Andi Kron is planned.  The welcome in Kampor is warm-hearted and rela...
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...
Herbert

The crab with the candy cane legs

by Herbert - 13th February 2017
While on a night dive in the Caribbean, underwater photographer Ellen Muller took a photo of a “flaming reef lobster”. But when she got back fro...
Mares

Coral reefs enchant when one dives in fluorescence

by Mares - 10th February 2017
Adventures in fluo-diving in Abu Dabab

No, it wasn't the Pink Panther, but a pink flathead that was the highlight in Abu Dabab in December 2...
Mares

Master of lighting in the pool: Konstantin Killer

by Mares - 16th January 2017
Meet him at boot 2017

Konstantin started out specialising in landscape photography in the 1980s. At that time – during those “analogue tim...
Franco and Sabrina

Baikal Lake, the blue pearl of Siberia

by Franco and Sabrina - 4th January 2017
Last summer I went to the Baikal Lake in Russia and lead a group of passionate cold-water divers and amateur underwater photographers on ...
Gianluca

A goodbye to Enzo Maiorca from Gianluca Genoni

by Gianluca - 21st November 2016
Dear Enzo, As you well know, under certain circumstances I don’t particularly like to say anything, it’s too easy to fall in to rhetoric or the...
Mares

Great Barrier Reef continues to be under threat from coral bleaching

by Mares - 4th November 2016
Scientists publish interactive map

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University are survey...
Gianluca

Blue Holes – the freediver’s paradise

by Gianluca - 25th October 2016
Blue holes are chasms which fall into deep abysses, some of which are very close to the coast, and they represent a true paradise for freedivers fro...
Mares

Life beneath the ice

by Mares - 17th October 2016
Welcome to the world beneath the ice.

We're all familiar with the animals that live above the ice at the Arctic and Antarctica, but have y...
Mares

Photo exhibition on ocean acidification opens at GEOMAR

by Mares - 27th September 2016
A new photo exhibition by two nature photographers centres on the organisms on which climate change research is currently focused on.

From...
Mares

New butterflyfish species discovered in Hawaii

by Mares - 13th September 2016
Butterflyfish found in deep coral reefs

Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of butterflyfish in the deep coral reefs ...
Herbert

Vaquitas receive legal protection from Mexican government

by Herbert - 29th July 2016
Gillnets banned in part of Gulf of California There’s good news for the world’s smallest living – and most endangered – cetacean: The Mexi...
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

Understanding the scuba divers code….

by Cat - 30th June 2016
There is nothing more frustrating in life then when you are within a group of individuals who are speaking a foreign language and you ...
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