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Mares

Banding Together for Water Conservation

by Mares - 22nd January 2016
Trash in the ocean affects everyone. This is the message that some organisations intend to publicise at the upcoming BOOT in Dusseldorf, from 23 to ...
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Mares

Dolphinarium in Finland to close – a success for ocean conservation

by Mares - 4th November 2015
The famous Särkänniemi Amusement Park in Tampere, Finland will close its dolphinarium in early 2016. Currently, there are still four bottlenose ...
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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...
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Herbert

Humpback whale calves whisper to keep safe

by Herbert - 27th April 2017
Vocalisations may be used to help mother and calf stay together To avoid detection by killer whales, newborn humpback whales whisper to their moth...
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Herbert

Ocean acidification causes coralline algae to adjust internal chemistry

by Herbert - 25th April 2017
Some species show higher tolerance than others For the first time, a new study has revealed that coralline algae, which is essential in the format...
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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...
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Emir

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...
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Herbert

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...
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Emir

Mares supports the immersion of the first artificial reefs in Algeria

by Emir - 12th April 2017
A year ago the Probiom, an Algerian network for the protection of marine biodiversity, started an ambitious program - the immersion of the first artif...
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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 day, t...
Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) swimming over a sandy seabed, South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary, West Atlantic Ocean.
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, ...
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Herbert

Japan kills 333 whales in annual hunt

by Herbert - 1st April 2017
Whales supposedly killed for "research" purposes After four months at sea, the Japanese whaling fleet has returned from its controversial annual h...
Weltweite Verteilung von Müll und Mikroplastik in aquatischen Lebensräumen (Anzahl pro Quadratkilometer) (Status 23.03.2017). Laufend aktualisierte Grafiken gibt es unter: http://litterbase.awi.de/interaction_graph.
Herbert

Litter in the sea: New portal offers comprehensive coverage

by Herbert - 29th March 2017
New online portal LITTERBASE compiles all data in one location Where is litter at sea and which species and habitats does it affect? For the first...
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Mares

New coral species at World Heritage Site described

by Mares - 28th March 2017
Researchers believe this species is “first of many new hard coral species to be found” Lord Howe Island is already known for its unique plant a...
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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 researchers ar...
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Herbert

Programming drones to map oil spills

by Herbert - 7th March 2017
Team drew inspiration from mathematical principles A team from the University of Buffalo is looking into how drones can be programmed to map an oi...
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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 GEOMAR Helmho...
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Herbert

Biorock project Curacao

by Herbert - 27th February 2017
Artifical reefs help to preserve valuable ecosystems Curacao's intact coral reefs belong to the most popular attraction for divers and snorkelers....
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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) fell b...
This OFOS image, taken in the HAUSGARTEN region, contains plastic litter. Also visible are good examples of: Cladorhiza gelida, Caulophacus arcticus, Bythocaris and Bathycrinus carpenterii.

OFOS ist ein geschlepptes Foto-/Videosystem, dass Aufschluss über die großflächige Verteilung größerer Tiere am Boden des HAUSGARTEN-Gebietes gibt. Der Vergleich mit Aufnahmen aus den vergangenen zehn Jahren gibt den Wissenschaftlern Auskunft über zeitliche Veränderungen in der Dichte und Zusammensetzung dieses sogenannten Epibenthos.

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OFOS is towed photo/video system, which is used to assess large-scale distribution patterns of larger organisms (mega-fauna) on the seabed at HAUSGARTEN. The comparison with images retrieved during the preceding years will allow the scientists to evaluate temporal variations in mega-fauna densities and composition.
Herbert

Growing problem of litter in the Arctic depths

by Herbert - 16th February 2017
Sea ice may be responsible for transporting plastic waste The Arctic has a garbage problem. In just a decade, the amount of litter at an Arctic de...
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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 2016. U...
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Mares

Catching fish too expensive to eat

by Mares - 9th February 2017
WWF report: Improving fishing management imperative for global food security By 2050, millions of people in the global South (in developing countr...
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Mares

Elevated carbon dioxide levels impairs cone snails’ hunting skills

by Mares - 7th February 2017
Cone Snails become hyperactive and “meandered around” Cone snails are expected to find it hard to catch their prey if carbon dixoide levels ri...
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Mares

New ocean measuring station at Boknis Eck

by Mares - 1st February 2017
GEOMAR and Helmholtz Center Geesthacht install new sensor node in Baltic Sea Boknis Eck(Boknis Corner) – a name familiar to oceanographers and m...
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Mares

Studying the effects of coastal erosion in the Arctic

by Mares - 18th January 2017
The thawing and erosion of the arctic permafrost coasts has increased so drastically in the past that more than 20 metres of land is consumed by the...
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Herbert

Coral restoration in Bonaire

by Herbert - 13th January 2017
Engaging the diver to protect and restore reefs For several years, scientists have observed more and more instances of coral mortality worldwide...
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Mares

Mysterious mass oyster die-off solved

by Mares - 2nd January 2017
Reason cited as massive freshwater discharge due to intense rainfall In 2011, there was a mass die-off of wild Olympia oysters in north San Fran...
Der Tiefseekrake "Casper", entdeckt an der Necker Ridge, Hawaii, in 4290 Metern Tiefe. Sein Mantel ist etwa 6,4 Zentimeter lang. Diese Aufnahme entstand mit dem US-amerikanischen Tauchroboter Deep Discovery.

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The Necker Ridge ‘Casper’ octopod (4,290 m), 6.4 cm mantle length, slowly crawling across a basalt outcrop. This image was mady by the US-ROV Deep Discovery.
Herbert

Octopus Casper: Deep-sea octopuses require manganese nodules to lay their eggs

by Herbert - 22nd December 2016
Casper the octopus (and counterparts) threatened by deep-sea mining For deep-sea octopuses, manganese nodules on the seabed are an important breed...
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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 (...
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Mares

It’s not just a harmless plastic bottle

by Mares - 8th December 2016
What happens with the trash? What happens to a piece of trash that's discarded into the ocean? Well, if it is not eaten by marine animals or seabi...
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Franco and Sabrina

Moments of a lifetime caught on camera : Snorkelling side by side with the sperm whales of the eastern Caribbean Sea

by Franco and Sabrina - 29th November 2016
This post starts our contribution to the Mares blog, to which we are absolutely grateful, and our first post is about the sperm whales of the Car...
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Herbert

Whales: The killing continues…

by Herbert - 28th November 2016
Japanese whaling ships set off on lethal mission Despite having adopted a new method to control their scientific whaling activities at this year's...
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Mares

Plastik-Peter warns about threats of plastic trash in oceans

by Mares - 22nd November 2016
New short film is part of efforts of Science Year 2016*2017 With the “Plastik-Peter” cinema short film as part of Science Year 2016*2017 – S...
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Mares

Researchers search for Earth’s oldest ice

by Mares - 21st November 2016
Ice cores show glimpse of composition of atmosphere in the past In Antarctic, ice and climate scientists from 14 institutions in ten European coun...
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Morne Hardenberg

Best Guadalupe Season Since 2012!

by Morne Hardenberg - 18th November 2016
We have just completed two EPIC expeditions to Isla Guadalupe off the west coast of Baja Peninsula! The volcanic island lies roughly 230km off the coa...
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Mares

Different coral communities differ in their ability to adapt to new environments

by Mares - 17th November 2016
For the first time, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have observed separate populations of corals diverging in their capacity to regu...
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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 Energy, Agri...
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Mares

From walking the runway to diving for ghost nets

by Mares - 10th November 2016
Model Barbara Meier is the new project ambassador for the WWF campaign against ghost nets Model and actress Barbara Meier is the new project ambas...
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Herbert

Trial of shark-detection technology begins at shark nursery

by Herbert - 7th November 2016
Is Clever Buoy smart enough to spot the sharks? In light of the recent shark attacks off the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, shark-dete...
Dead corals still provide habitat to fish but will soon crumble away. Yonge reef (Lizard Island region), October 2016, Photo by Greg Torda _Bildgröße ändern
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 surveying the ...
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Mares

Irrawaddy dolphins “functionally extinct” in Laos

by Mares - 1st November 2016
No hope left for the remaining dolphins The Irrawaddy dolphin has lost the battle for survival in Laos. The WWF declared the species functionally...
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Polarsternexpedition ANT-XXIX/6; 8. Juni - 12. August 2013; Kapstadt-Punta Arenas
Ziel der Expedition: Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsprogramm in Atmosphäre, Meereis, Ozean und Ökosystem im antarktischen Winter, um die physikalischen und biogeochemischen Eigenschaften und Prozesse während der Wachstumsphase des Meereises besser zu verstehen. Fahrt war die erste antarktische Winterexpedition seit dem Jahr 2006. (Kurs wie im Winterexperiment 1992) 


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Polarsternexpedition ANT-XXIX/6; 8. June - 12. August 2013; Cape Town -Punta Arenas (Chile); The aim of the cruise is to carry out an interdisciplinary research programm on atmosphere, sea ice, ocean, and ecosystem during winter to obtain an understanding of physical and biogeochemical properties and processes during the sea ice growth season. It was the first Antarctic winter expedition since the year 2006.
Herbert

World’s largest marine protected area established in Antarctica

by Herbert - 28th October 2016
Just off the southern coast of Antarctica is the Ross Sea, where the largest marine protected area (MPA) will be established. It will cover 1.55 ...
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Mares

Seismic gun testing threatens world’s second largest barrier reef

by Mares - 25th October 2016
Belize begins seismic surveys at the World Natural Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef In late October 2016, Belize announced plans to conduct...
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Mares

Germany proposes protection for Weddell Sea

by Mares - 20th October 2016
The European Union has submitted a request for a marine protected area (MPA) to be established in the Weddell Sea. The scientific basis was provided...
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Morne Hardenberg

The greatest ocean safari on the planet!

by Morne Hardenberg - 19th October 2016
Every year, over the months of June/July, we spend 40 days on South Africa's "Wild Coast" waiting for the mass migration of sardines which moves up th...
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Mares

Shark nets along South African coast threaten rare dolphins

by Mares - 7th October 2016
Negative effect on biodiversity Along the coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, many dolphins die in gillnets set up to protect swimmers and sur...
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Mares

Greenpeace reports on research on microplastics in seafood

by Mares - 6th October 2016
Microplastics can accumulate in the food chain “In the environment, microplastics act like a foreign body with toxins. It contains contaminants ...
silky shark, Carcharhinus falciformis, San Benedicto, Revillagigedo (Socorro) Islands, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean
Franco and Sabrina

Good News from the CITES

by Franco and Sabrina - 5th October 2016
CITES voted yesterday (4th October) on proposals to list silky sharks, all three species of thresher sharks and all nine species of mobula rays on A...