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Fred Buyle

Freediving – a tool for marine biology

by Fred Buyle - 5th May 2017
For my first Mares blog I have decided to write about one of the most exiting projects I’m involved in: Darewin. Darewin is the brainchild of Fab...
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...
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

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...
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...
Mares

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 (IUCN) red list, with two species ...
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...
Mares

Compass jellyfish in Boka Bay, Montenegro

by Mares - 13th May 2017
Jellyfish...so graceful and elegant, yet at the same time found in so many different colors and shapes. Their movements remind you of an underwater ...
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

Cuttlefish: underestimated players in the ocean

by Herbert - 9th January 2018
Squids play an important role in the food web and in the carbon cycle Squid are marine creatures with fascinating biological properties. Some speci...
Herbert

Narwhals show alarming reactions to stress

by Herbert - 21st December 2017
Human disturbances cause narwhals to freeze and escape simultaneously New insights into the effects of ocean noise and increased human activity on ...
Herbert

Faster reproduction ensures immigrant species success

by Herbert - 19th November 2017
Why only a few introduced species establish themselves in foreign marine regions The number of non-native species detected for the first time in ma...
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. As a result of global warming, there are increasingly...
Marjan Radovic

Sea Turtle Recovery Center – Croatia

by Marjan Radovic - 7th August 2017
Recently, at the invitation of my friend Marinko Babić, I attended a unique underwater photography event. At the Verudela Lighthouse in Pula - Croat...
Herbert

Copepods rise and shine to internal genetic clocks

by Herbert - 7th August 2017
The Calanus finmarchicus is a copepod that packs a big punch. Although just two to four millimetres, this zooplankton’s genetic clock influences the...
Herbert

‘Weedy’ fish species to dominate future oceans due to ocean acidification

by Herbert - 24th July 2017
Such fish are “marine equivalent to rats” For the first time, researchers at University of Adelaide have demonstrated that the ocean acidificat...
Herbert

Why do krill stocks in Antarctica fluctuate?

by Herbert - 9th June 2017
Climatic influences not as important as previously thought Although just six centimeters long, the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) plays an imp...
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...
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...
Mares

How baby reef fish find their way home at night

by Mares - 24th December 2016
Scientists have discovered that baby reef fish possess an internal magnetic compass that helps them find their way home at night. Publishing their...
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

Tracing how the relationship between corals and algae began

by Mares - 26th November 2016
How corals met algae: Tracing how their symbiotic relationship startedThe symbiotic relationship between algae and modern corals began more than 210 ...
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...
Mares

Reintroduction of European flat oysters in German North Sea

by Mares - 30th June 2016
Three-year trial will set up foundation for restoration of species For the first time, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) has...
Mares

Pipefish give birth to conjoined twins

by Mares - 27th June 2016
Extremely rare to have two conjoined twins within 24 hours During a routine experiment, researchers at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research ...
Mares

International shipping routes and invasive species: What’s next?

by Mares - 26th April 2016
Scientists from Oldenburg and Frankfurt have modelled how the global shipping routes leads to the spread of invasive plant and animal species. Accor...
Mares

Researchers compile 3-D map of hydrothermal field in Pacific

by Mares - 23rd March 2016
Using the latest 3-D camera technology, scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is investigating a hydrothermal vent field at...
Mares

Gliders collect data on new eddy off Peruvian coast

by Mares - 30th January 2016
In January and February 2013, a subsurface anticyclonic eddy formed in the Peru-Chile Undercurrent, allowing researchers to document the creation of...
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 juvenile polar cod (Boreogad...