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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...
Semra

What’s in my bag?

by Semra - 8th April 2019
Hello everybody and welcome to my new blog! In my last blog, I talked about my choice of diving equipment, check it out here if you haven’t read it ...
Thomas Van Puymbroeck

Hitsige Padden

by Thomas Van Puymbroeck - 1st April 2019
De gewone pad, beter bekend als de bruine pad komt het voor in heel Europa. Samen met de bruine kikker is dit een van de meest voorkomende amfibieën....
Semra

My choice of diving equipment

by Semra - 11th March 2019
Hello everybody and welcome to my new blog! In my last blog, I talked about my first dive encounter with seahorses, check it out here if you haven’t...
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 entered the water with one juvenile crocodile who...
Thomas Van Puymbroeck

Een toegewijde vader

by Thomas Van Puymbroeck - 22nd February 2019
De gewone zeedonderpad is een van de meest geliefde wintervissen in zeeland. Hij heeft een groot breed hoofd met verschillende stekels erop. In het...
Thomas Van Puymbroeck

De snotolf (Cyclopterus lumpus)

by Thomas Van Puymbroeck - 30th January 2019
De snotolf (Cyclopterus lumpus), ook wel lompvis genoemd is een van de favoriete koudwater vissen van de meeste duikers. Ze komen voor in de Atlantisc...
Mares

70 years of Mares!

by Mares - 21st January 2019
Mares is turning 70 this year! Who knows whether our founder Ludovico Mares could have ever dreamed that 70 years later the company he started woul...
Mares

New Guiness World Record for Marina Kazankova and Dmitrij Malasenko!

by Mares - 11th January 2019
The Guinness World Record Attempt for the Longest Underwater Dance whilst freediving was a success at the deepest pool in the world: Y-40! It was a...
Thomas Van Puymbroeck

De dolfijnen van Sataya reef

by Thomas Van Puymbroeck - 9th January 2019
Diep in de Rode Zee, ver weg van alle beschaving, doemt dit azuurblauwe rif op. Het lijkt wel op een natuurlijk oase midden in de oceaan, omringd door...
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 Western Atlan...
Damir

The Green Jungle of the Yucatan Cenotes – Mystical Underground Rivers

by Damir - 30th November 2018
There are places on the planet where gods still dwell and there are other places where they used to dwell. This winter, we visited their abandoned dwe...
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 Lake and wait for the sockeye salm...
Thomas Van Puymbroeck

De Schildpadden van Playa Grandi

by Thomas Van Puymbroeck - 19th November 2018
Playa Grandi (ook wel bekend als Playa Piskado) is een klein, maar erg populair strandje aan de westkust van Curaçao. Je kan er een dagje heerlijk re...
Mares

Mares Interviews: Underwater Photographers 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...
Ivana and Janez

Corals are the perfect models

by Ivana and Janez - 4th October 2018
Looking at wonderful, colourful, tropical coral reefs, many people believe that the organisms responsible for these structures are plant based. Noth...
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...
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

Mikovica Cave

by Ivana and Janez - 19th June 2018
There have been a lot of articles written about cave diving since it is arguably the most extreme type of diving. When getting into cave diving, you h...
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...
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...
Cat

The need for “back-ups”

by Cat - 5th March 2018
After returning from a recent scuba training event in the Red Sea it reminded me that each year literally millions of people flock to the warm waters ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Rene Trost

The Fourth Walensee Apnea Festival: 5th – 6th August 2017

by Rene Trost - 10th August 2017
Sincere thanks to all participants, to our sponsor's Mares, SSI, Davosa, ChrisBenz, Ivana Orlović, Samo Jeranko and Neza. The special thing with Ivan...
Mares

Macro World

by Mares - 9th August 2017
When we become divers we go through different stages in our diving adventure. We start off scared/excited (nervous-cited) of what lies ahead of us. We...
Franco and Sabrina

Fun, tech diving, photo pro, friends … what else?

by Franco and Sabrina - 25th July 2017
All over Croatia the sea is crystal clear with millions of shades, promising and seductive. It embraces a strip of land broken up into tiny islands wi...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 2...
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 ...
Florent M. Locatelli

The birth of the XR line

by Florent M. Locatelli - 13th September 2016
In 1949, Ludovico Mares designed and manufactured his first masks and spearguns with one dream and purpose in mind: to share his unbridled passion for...
Yme

My rEvo Rebreather Course !

by Yme - 5th September 2016
I'm on the ferry gently sliding away from Bari’s dock at 10pm with a beer in hand and I feel happy and proud for the job done in Monopoli, a beaut...
Yme

A Great Adventure in Lebanon

by Yme - 2nd August 2016
I wake up at 7.30am because of the wind that’s blowing like a storm. Outside it’s raining and the temperature is around 20°C. We’re in Croati...