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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…
Ivana and Janez

Sea Anemones

by Ivana and Janez - 4th May 2020
Sea anemones are a group of marine animals that are predatory in nature and are closely related to jellyfish and…
Mares

Sea Vu Dry + masks converted for CPAP ventilator use during Covid-19

by Mares - 2nd April 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic means we are currently living in challenging times, including the challenges faced daily by our medical services. With this in…
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…
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…
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…
Herbert

Scientists present research results on ocean acidification

by Herbert - 31st October 2017
Ocean acidification and warming affect life in the sea In November 2017, the final phase of the German research association…
Herbert

Increase in melting sea ice may lead to higher food supply in Arctic

by Herbert - 26th September 2017
In the Arctic, melt ponds are formed every year when snow and sea ice melt at the end of winter.…
Gianluca

Freediving: Seas vs Lakes

by Gianluca - 31st July 2017
Often those who live near the sea don’t even think about the fact that they can go freediving in other…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
Herbert

Black Sea mapping expedition uncovers more than 40 shipwrecks

by Herbert - 18th October 2016
Largest expedition of this kind in Black SeaAn international expedition mapping the submerged ancient landscapes at the Bulgarian coast of…
Mares

Invasive seaweed develops stronger defences

by Mares - 4th January 2016
A higher level of defence has been found within an invasive strain of seaweed from Asia that has translocated to…
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…
Mares

Mesmerising creatures of the sea, yet so vicious – Misadventures with comb jellies

by Mares - 18th November 2015
Looking through the mask, it appears as if an alien lifeform is trying to communicate with the divers, flashing its…
Mares

Billions of juvenile polar cod under Arctic sea ice

by Mares - 14th October 2015
With a newly developed netting gear, marine scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute managed to catch a large number of…
Franco and Sabrina

Crinoids – Flowers of the reef

by Franco and Sabrina - 14th June 2021
One of the things that struck me most during the first dives I made in Papua New Guinea, and especially the…
Ivana and Janez

Most loved marine mammals

by Ivana and Janez - 15th January 2021
Everyone loves dolphins, and it is probably the dream of most divers to dive with dolphins, the most loved cetaceans.…
Ivana and Janez

Totonno – the jewel of the southern Adriatic

by Ivana and Janez - 24th December 2020
The Italian steamer 'Totonno' was built in 1899 in the shipyard Rijekee & Co. in Rotterdam. During its working life,…
Franco and Sabrina

The largest animals ever to have lived on Earth!

by Franco and Sabrina - 17th December 2020
The southern coast of Sri Lanka may turn out to be one of the best international hotspots for seeing blue…
Ivana and Janez

Groupers – The gentle giants of the oceans

by Ivana and Janez - 26th November 2019
Groupers belong to the Serranidae family, which they share with Sea basses, living in the warmer waters of most oceans.…
Ivana and Janez

An Interview with Freediver Nik Linder

by Ivana and Janez - 15th November 2019
Nik Linder: My name is Nikolay ‘Nik’ Linder. I live in the very south of Germany, close to France and…
Ivana and Janez

Freshwater in salty water – Underwater springs

by Ivana and Janez - 15th October 2019
You have certainly, at some point, experienced an area where cold water rises up from the deep. It might be…
Semra

Frequently Asked Questions

by Semra - 24th July 2019
Hello everybody and welcome to my new blog! In my last blog, I told you about my dive preparation routine.…
Ivana and Janez

Professionals in Paradise

by Ivana and Janez - 17th July 2019
What diver doesn’t dream of diving in the Maldives? And what scuba instructor doesn’t dream of working there? This one…
Franco and Sabrina

Greenland on the Rocks

by Franco and Sabrina - 6th June 2019
I had dived under ice platforms in the chilly, cold waters of the Arctic and Antarctic several times before diving…
Boaz

Swimming with Crocodiles

by Boaz - 4th March 2019
I can still remember the first time I went in the water with a crocodile. Feelings were intense as I…
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…
Semra

Introducing Dive Pro Semra!

by Semra - 22nd October 2018
About me! Hi, my name is Semra. I’m 25 years old, German with Turkish roots and a Dive Professional who's…
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,…
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…
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’…
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…
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…
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…
Mares

Celebes Divers, Siladen Island – Onong Resort & Kuda Laut Boutique Dive Resort

by Mares - 23rd February 2018
We're back with Celebes Divers Manado once again to find out what their other dive centers have to offer. At…
Mares

Celebes Divers, Manado – Mapia Resort and Spa

by Mares - 16th February 2018
We recently caught up with our friends at Celebes Divers Manado, located on the island of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. At…
Herbert

Greenpeace travels to unexplored parts of the Antarctic

by Herbert - 19th January 2018
Expedition to provide further arguments for the world's largest marine protected area Greenpeace will explore previously barely known regions in…
Herbert

Ocean acidification affects mussels in early life stages

by Herbert - 11th January 2018
Marine scientists show impact of acidification on mussel larvae Shells have a hard, calcareous shell to protect themselves against environmental…
Herbert

Scientists discover flexible self-healing ability in ctenophora

by Herbert - 6th December 2017
Wound healing or regeneration – the environment decides Losing a body part is almost always an irreversible situation for humans…
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…
Herbert

EU project Nunataryuk investigates effects of permafrost thaw

by Herbert - 27th November 2017
Fragile Arctic environment threatened by retreating permafrost Permafrost makes up a quarter of the land mass in the Northern Hemisphere.…
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…
Herbert

Nautical charts from the 18th century reveal coral loss in Florida Keys

by Herbert - 15th September 2017
Surprisingly precise historical charts show important ecological information Centuries-old sea nautical charts created by seafarers to avoid collisions with shipwrecks…
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…
Herbert

Coastal ecosystems threatened by rising water temperatures

by Herbert - 7th July 2017
Higher water temperatures can lead to nitrite accumulation in marine environments worldwide, and this can ultimately disrupt oceanic food webs,…