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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...
Mares

Mares Interviews: Ivana Orlovic Kranjc and Janez Kranjc

by Mares - 18th October 2018
Recently we caught up with photographers and Mares ambassadors Ivana Orlovic Kranjc and Janez Kranjc. They have been representing and using Mares prod...
Thomas

Mermaids? Are they real?

by Thomas - 27th September 2018
Are mermaids real? In the olden days, sailors believed in magical, magnificent creatures which they called 'mermaids'. Now we suspect that they pro...
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

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...
Samo

The Road to Vertical Blue 2018

by Samo - 18th July 2018
Vertical Blue is one of the best depth freediving competitions in the world which takes place in Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas. De...
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

The Wreck of the Brioni

by Ivana and Janez - 2nd July 2018
The wreck of the Brioni passenger and cargo ship is one of the most captivating wrecks in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea. It is located on the ...
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

The Wrecks of Karaburun

by Ivana and Janez - 15th June 2018
The small town of Karaburun is located in northwest Turkey, 650km away from Istanbul. What used to be a fishing village now has about 2,000 citizens w...
Noam

My Mares equipment – Introducing Noam Kortler

by Noam - 27th April 2018
As a beginner diver who had just finished his Open Water course (back in 1995) my first set of equipment was Mares. Over the years I fell in love w...
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...
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...
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 ...
Marjan Radovic

Caves on the Peljesac – Croatia

by Marjan Radovic - 11th January 2018
At the invitation of my friends and passionate diver family Lopin and Roso, I had the opportunity to dive into an unexplored cave on the Peljesac peni...
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...
Ivana and Janez

Diving in the Drina River

by Ivana and Janez - 12th October 2017
The Drina River, formed by the confluence of the Tara and Piva rivers near the village of Scepan Polje, represents a natural border between Serbia and...
Damir

Cave and Wreck diving on the Island of Vis

by Damir - 11th October 2017
The Island of Vis is not only known for its astounding underwater life, but also for its numerous wrecks, of both airplanes and ships, as well as coun...
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...
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...
Hannah

Waiting with Ba(i)ted Breath

by Hannah - 2nd June 2017
We have all been waiting with ba(i)ted breath to see our first silky shark of the year here off the east coast of Florida. Our shark survey data sho...
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...
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...
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, ...
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

Yap: Manta Mania in its third year

by Herbert - 2nd March 2017
Science and fascination within one's reachEvery year, during the mating season of the manta rays in Yap, scientists and interested divers from all ove...
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...
Herbert

Mysterious diving accident – Interview

by Herbert - 7th October 2016
Mysterious diving accident - Interview The case: A 74-year-old diver suffered cardiac arrest at about eight metres' depth when diving in Lake Gar...
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 ...
SV Delos

Introducing Delos! A world cruising sailboat! (Part 1)

by SV Delos - 11th July 2016
Here I am.  50 Meters underwater.  In a dark black hallway. Swimming my way towards “The Lady”.  I’m following the bright yellow fins of a...
Mares

Trofeo Tomà – 2016 Edition!

by Mares - 6th July 2016
“From the deepest of seas, to the highest of peaks”. This slogan, taken from our Fusion 52X video, describes exactly what happened to a number o...
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 ...
Marcel

SHARKWATER EXTINCTION by Rob Stewart

by Marcel - 24th June 2016
It is quite a time ago, but I still remember very well when SHARKWATER was launched in cinemas throughout Europe. That time, I had to drive 200 ki...
Cat

Escape to the aquatic world

by Cat - 20th June 2016
There is a moment in time that nothing can compare to. That moment when the noise of the world is silenced and for that very moment i...
Mares

Sharks and rays under threat from overfishing and poor fisheries management

by Mares - 3rd March 2016
A high demand for shark fins from Asian countries has been considered to be a major cause of the overfishing of sharks. However, recent findings hav...
Mares

Love in the moonlight: The bumphead parrotfish mass aggregation at Palau’s Rock Islands

by Mares - 15th January 2016
The green humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) is one of the diver's favourite fishes. A school of more than 50 of these fishes swimming by ...
Mares

Shark Rescue movie seeks funds to stay afloat

by Mares - 21st October 2015
“If sharks die, life on earth will also perish.” An Austrian team led by freediver Christian Redl and musician/diver Wolfgang Frühwirth aims to p...
Herbert

Biology: Sunfish

by Herbert - 1st September 2015
Floating "Millstones" In The Ocean? At first glance, these curious-looking fish look like gigantic fish heads without a body. They are known as ...
Herbert

Biology: The Frogfish

by Herbert - 26th August 2015
Incredibly Fast “Suckers” Finding a frogfish is the tough part. Once you do, taking photos of it is relatively easy, since they remain motionl...
Mares

Mysterious Mass In The Mediterranean Sea

by Mares - 4th August 2015
What Is That Big Bubble? When Turkish diver Lutfu Tanriover took a dip in the Mediterranean Sea recently, everything seemed normal. That is, until...
Herbert

Palau – The Ultimate Diver’s Paradise

by Herbert - 7th July 2015
Wrecks, drift drives, with lots of sharks, manta rays and macro life – Palau has everything that divers would wish for, and more. The only downside ...
Herbert

Biology: Rays

by Herbert - 6th July 2015
The Art of “Underwater Flight” The dance of mantas in the ocean certainly leaves no diver unmoved. The majesty of spotting (and swimming along...