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Ivana and Janez

Deepspot – The deepest pool in Europe

by Ivana and Janez - 8th February 2024
They say Warsaw is the most beautiful in December, when the Christmas and New Year atmosphere engulfs it. We had the…
Carlo

Deep Training Camp – Dahab, Egypt 2018

by Carlo - 12th December 2018
In Dahab, Egypt, from the 3 - 7 December 2018, the ‘Deep Training Camp’ took place organised by Mares ambassador…
Carlo

Deep Training Camp – Dahab, Egitto 2018

by Carlo - 12th December 2018
Si è svolto a Dahab dal 3 al 7 dicembre il “Deep Training Camp” organizzato dal Mares Ambassador Miguel Lozano…
Herbert

Video footage sheds light on deep-sea food webs

by Herbert - 19th December 2017
Jellyfish and related organisms are among the most important predators The animals of the deep sea have been systematically studied…
Herbert

Underwater robot “TRAMPER” to surface after a year in the Arctic deep sea

by Herbert - 22nd August 2017
Helmholtz Alliance ROBEX tested innovative technologies on expedition On Tuesday, August 22nd, the research vessel Polarstern will set off on…
Herbert

Deep sea mining threatens unique marine habitats

by Herbert - 3rd July 2017
Open letter: Marine researchers warn of the consequences of deep sea mining In an open letter published in the Nature…
Herbert

Haliphron atlanticus: Deep-sea octopus feeds on jellyfish

by Herbert - 30th March 2017
Octopus then uses tentacles of jellyfish to defend itself The open ocean is the largest habitat on Earth. Within this…
Ben

Deep Cave Exploration in Thailand

by Ben - 26th January 2017
It took 8 years, and multiple expeditions, to reach the 200m mark in what might be one of the planet's…
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 miningFor deep-sea octopuses, manganese nodules on the seabed are an important breeding…
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…
Mares

Can a deep-sea ecosystem recover from human intervention?

by Mares - 26th November 2015
What would the ecological consequences be if the quantity of polymetallic (e.g. manganese) nodules in the deep sea was reduced? Would…
Andi

Blue Whales in the Balance – Mirissa, Sri Lanka

by Andi - 28th May 2024
Off the coast of Mirissa, Sri Lanka, it felt like we had the whole ocean to ourselves. It was barely…
Ivana and Janez

A mysterious fleet at the bottom of Lake Ohrid

by Ivana and Janez - 20th May 2024
In North Macedonia, at the bottom of Lake Ohrid, there is a mysterious sunken fleet. The ships sank during World…
Andi

Life on the Cambodian edge – Koh Ach Seh, Cambodia

by Andi - 30th April 2024
Following a grueling four-hour drive from Phnom Penh, we arrived in Kep, Cambodia. Though exhausted after our journey from Hanoi,…
Andi

The Ripple Effect – Negros Oriental, Philippines

by Andi - 2nd April 2024
Another day, another mission. Waking to the sound of a gong made from old kitchenware, a diverse community of dedicated…
Kathryn

Diving in the Pacific: 7 Idyllic Islands for Scuba Divers

by Kathryn - 27th March 2024
Diving in the Pacific Islands is a bucket list vacation for many scuba divers and unsurprisingly so. Idyllic islands surrounded…
Andi

Our Encounter with the Ocean Tigers – Fiji

by Andi - 21st March 2024
As we descended into the dark and murky waters off the Fijian coast, the weight of anticipation settled in. Immediately…
Andi

Mares goes to the Edges of Earth to transform online discourse with ocean good news

by Andi - 14th March 2024
Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay. And unfortunately, its general discourse has become harder to…
Alex

Galapagos – Diving Turned Up To 11

by Alex - 5th February 2024
Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands are an archipelago consisting of 13 main islands (five of which are inhabited), seven minor islands and…
Kathryn

6 of the best shark diving experiences for new divers

by Kathryn - 1st February 2024
For many scuba divers, going diving with sharks is a bucket-list experience and it can easily turn into a lifelong…
Franco and Sabrina

Leatherback sea turtles

by Franco and Sabrina - 18th January 2024
A leatherback turtle swimming gracefully through the open ocean is arguably one of the most majestic sights in the natural…
Kathryn

Love manatees and dugongs? Here’s where you can swim with them

by Kathryn - 21st November 2023
The gentle giants of the sea, manatees and dugongs have captured the hearts of many with their endearing presence and…
Ivana and Janez

The submerged church of Saint Archangel Michael – Lake Rovni, Serbia

by Ivana and Janez - 17th November 2023
Not far from Valjevo, on the river Jablanica, near the villages of Stubo and Rovni, a dam was built for…
Ivana and Janez

Wreck Freediving

by Ivana and Janez - 9th November 2023
Freediving is exciting in itself, even more so on the wrecks of sunken ships. We recently had the opportunity to interview Nik…
Kathryn

Dive fitness: Easy ways to get fit for your next dive vacation

by Kathryn - 31st October 2023
Scuba diving is a captivating sport and there’s nothing better than going on a dive vacation and exploring new destinations…
Alex

Little Cayman – A special diving adventure!

by Alex - 13th October 2023
As I’ve written before, Grand Cayman is one of my favourite places to teach underwater photography. The conditions are inviting…
Alex

Summer Holidays

by Alex - 6th October 2023
In August, I travelled to Grand Cayman. I was down to head there to run a photography workshop at Ocean…
Ivana and Janez

Komba Island – Diving under an active volcano

by Ivana and Janez - 3rd October 2023
Due to a storm and strong winds that hit the Banda Sea, we missed out on some really attractive locations…
Mares

Diving Talks – An unmissable diving event in Lisbon from the 6th-8th October!

by Mares - 18th September 2023
Diving Talks - Portugal 2023 International Diving Show is a highly anticipated event of immense importance for the global diving…
Nik

The new Mares X-Wing C-S and X-Wing C-Evo carbon fins – A review

by Nik - 1st September 2023
I was very curious about the new X-Wing Carbon fins and chose the longer X-Wing C-Evo fins because of my…
Ivana and Janez

The Crown of Thorns Starfish – To admire from a safe distance

by Ivana and Janez - 12th August 2023
Crown of Thorns Starfish, COTS for short, Acanthaster planci in Latin, are coral-eating starfish. One of the largest in the world, they can reach up…
Ivana and Janez

Colourful Forests of the Seas

by Ivana and Janez - 28th July 2023
Gorgonias are my favourite soft corals. In my opinion, they are magical; they look like mini trees or bonsais under…
Alex

Lembeh Blackwater

by Alex - 13th June 2023
The Lembeh Strait is famous for its critter-filled muck diving, but in recent years it has become increasing well known…
Dan

Get close and then get closer! Underwater photography tips with Dan

by Dan - 9th May 2023
Wide angle photography is difficult to master. Small details make all the difference, it can take years of practise, some…
Alex

Dances with Stingrays

by Alex - 7th April 2023
Crystal clear turquoise water crammed with circling stingrays - there can be few more iconic images of the Cayman Islands.…
Sara Banderby

Swedish mine diving – What’s the deal?

by Sara Banderby - 3rd April 2023
What comes to mind when you think of Sweden? Alexander Skarsgård? Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Or Ingmar Bergman and Alfred Nobel? But did…
Mares

Night diving in the jungle of Colombia

by Mares - 17th February 2023
During the JBL research expedition to Colombia in November 2022 to learn more about the habitats and habits of aquarium…
Ivana and Janez

The unfortunate fate of the Salem Express

by Ivana and Janez - 31st January 2023
In the early nineties, the tame waters of Safaga became the stage for one of the biggest maritime tragedies in…
Ivana and Janez

Discover the Triggerfish!

by Ivana and Janez - 12th January 2023
Triggerfish or balistoids (from the family Balistidae) are mostly rhomboid shaped fish, almost circular, with eyes that can rotate independently…
Alex

Canada: Bursting with Life

by Alex - 16th December 2022
For my final blog post on my visit to Canada, I want to turn my attention fully to the attraction…
Franco and Sabrina

Cabo Pulmo and endless vortexes of fish (Chapter Five)

by Franco and Sabrina - 22nd November 2022
If your diving wish list includes finding yourself finning inside vortexes of different species of fish so dense as to darken…
Alex

Canada: Cold and Golden

by Alex - 7th November 2022
Sitting in Europe and dreaming of Pacific diving destinations, Canada won’t instantly be at the top of most people’s lists, but…
Ivana and Janez

Eagle Rays (Myliobatidae)

by Ivana and Janez - 17th August 2022
Eagle rays are a group of cartilaginous fish (fish that have skeletons made out of cartilage instead of bones), closely…
Alex

Summer Lovin’

by Alex - 26th July 2022
It's easy to forget that the Red Sea is seasonal when you always visit it at the same time of…
Mares

Presenting the Mares App!

by Mares - 15th July 2022
Mares is excited to announce the Mares App - Everything you need to dive, in the palm of your hand! Download…
Alex

Marvellous Mexican Mantas

by Alex - 4th July 2022
There isn’t a more wonderful ocean creature to spend time with than the manta. Despite their huge size, these graceful…
Kathryn

12 Great Places to go Diving in New Zealand

by Kathryn - 23rd May 2022
With more than 1,500 km of coastline and around 600 islands, hosting everything from subtropical islands to dramatic fiords, New…
Ivana and Janez

‘Bigrene’ bathtubs of Stopića Cave

by Ivana and Janez - 12th May 2022
This winter we carried out some research on Zlatibor Mountain in Serbia. One of the biggest attractions in this region, Stopića Cave,…