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Litter in the sea: New portal offers comprehensive coverage

by Herbert - 29th March 2017
New online portal LITTERBASE compiles all data in one location Where is litter at sea and which species and habitats does it affect? For the first...
Ivana and Janez

Mares XR – Review

by Ivana and Janez - 20th March 2018
The Mares XR1 Kevlar Dry Suit, Active Heat Vest and Extreme Undergarment have been used in a year-long ultimate endurance test at Weissensee, the high...
Franco and Sabrina

The Island of Santa Maria

by Franco and Sabrina - 27th February 2018
Islands in the current of an endless ocean (Part Two) Read Part 1 here Santa Maria In the Azores' archipelago, days take their cue from t...

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 the moment they are offering 30% off b...

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 the moment they are offerin...

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...

Take part in the 11th Annual Manta Fest Photo Festival!

by b_rad - 2nd February 2018
Learn Pictorial Design in UW Photography Balance, harmony, pattern, unity, contrast, proportion, variety and movement in your image, is pictorial d...

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...

Dive into the underwater world of Milford Sound

by Gerald - 22nd January 2018
We are now far at the south end of New Zealand. More specifically in the southwest, in the world of the fjords. Here, the first fjord originated in pr...

Alec Blalock and his “sunken tree treasures”

by Herbert - 20th December 2017
Rough shell, hard core How do you describe a man who is so multi-faceted and so full of stories that you can learn all about him – if that is eve...

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 for over 100 ye...

Dolphins in Red Sea tormented by tourists!

by Herbert - 7th December 2017
Tourists should not swim with dolphins Swimming with dolphins in the Red Sea endangers the survival of these marine mammals, warns the GRD (Gesells...
Alejandro Andrés

Freediving Patagonia

by Alejandro Andrés - 27th November 2017
Have you ever thought about what freediving in Patagonia is like? I'm a competitive Freediver and run Freediving Patagonia, my own SSI Freedive Cen...

Freediving: How water conditions influence our performance

by Gianluca - 14th November 2017
As all freedivers with a minimum of experience know, water conditions greatly influence our performance, and a depth easily reached in the Red Sea i...

Blue Dolphin of Malta International Underwater Competition

by Herbert - 14th November 2017
12th Edition of the prestigious competition held in Gozo The 12th Edition of the Blue Dolphin of Malta International Underwater Competition was hel...

Maltese Diving

by Mares - 2nd November 2017
It is well-known that throughout history Malta has been a battlefield for numerous historical events, owing to its strategic position. Consequentially...

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 Beach is prim...
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...

Malta’s Wartime Legacy

by Herbert - 9th October 2017
Strategically located, Malta saw some of the fiercest aerial and sea battles of World War Two, leaving a legacy of incredible shipwrecks in its deep b...

The “Biggest” Little Photo Workshop in the Diving Industry

by b_rad - 6th September 2017
The biggest in prizes that is. This summer some photographers are going to win almost $10,000 in Mares gear along with two week-long dive packages ...

‘Expect the unexpected’ – Underwater archaeological research around the island of Mozia, Sicily

by BGfU - 22nd August 2017
In July 2017, scientific divers of the Bavarian Society for Underwaterarchaeology (BGfU) and the Philipps University Marburg were invited by the Sop...
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...

In the darkness of caverns

by Mares - 2nd August 2017
I am certain there is not a single scuba diver that has never been drawn to the dark, hidden places which appear while diving; especially when we ...

Mangroves: “Forests on stilts” in dire straits

by Herbert - 26th July 2017
Half of the world's mangroves already destroyed, says WWF on World Mangrove Day Today, on World Mangrove Day (26 July 2017), the WWF issues a warni...

Freediving in the Mediterranean islands

by Gianluca - 24th July 2017
In Italy there are many small islands where practicing freediving is particularly pleasant. The islands near Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, the Aega...

Tasmania – Seadragon World

by Gerald - 28th June 2017
Kelp forests Not many divers from Europe know this part of the world. The flight from Europe passes over a number of tropical dream destinations – ...

Diving World Record Attempt in Florida

by Hannah - 21st June 2017
The early morning sun was bright on Saturday, June 17th, casting glaring rays from the east atop the water to the edge of the beach where we stood. ...

How are whales and dolphins doing in Europe?

by Mares - 24th May 2017
New population estimates released Ten EU Member States have carried out a survey of the distribution and abundance of whales and dolphins in Europea...

A Playground in the Indian Ocean

by Gerald - 8th May 2017
Asia has always been my favourite region for travelling and diving. My first visit to Thailand was to Phuket in 1989. The diving was still quite man...

Papua New Guinea: Simply a dream destination

by Herbert - 6th May 2017
Incredible biodiversity in PNG holds incredible biodiversityNorth of Australia and south of the Equator lies the independent island state of Papua Ne...

Southern France: Best of Mediterranean diving

by Herbert - 1st May 2017
World-famous wrecks and a marine reserve When in the Mediterranean, be sure to visit Côte d'Azur in southern France, where the "Presqu'ile de Gie...
MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team

Post-trip review 4 – Luggage

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 19th April 2017
Our trip would not have been possible without all the wonderful Mares gear we had in tow, but how did we get it to Siberia? Mares has a wide range ...
MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team

Post-trip review 2 – Dive wear

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 31st March 2017
On our expedition to Lake Baikal, the XR Kevlar Dry Suit was indispensable, and ours went through at least 10 dives each. This suit comes with a c...
MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team

Post-trip review 1 – Regulators

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 22nd March 2017
The Mares / SSI /rEvo Dive Expedition Team have had a few weeks to relax and now we’re back on the blog, here to give you the lowdown on some of t...

Visit Belgium’s revolutionary TODI

by Herbert - 16th March 2017
TODI: Swim with tropical fishes in indoor pool Indoor diving centres in Europe are becoming more popular during the cold season. These are p...

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 2016. Und...

New ocean measuring station at Boknis Eck

by Mares - 1st February 2017
GEOMAR and Helmholtz Center Geesthacht install new sensor node in Baltic Sea Boknis Eck(Boknis Corner) – a name familiar to oceanographers and m...

Diving in Ireland

by Herbert - 5th January 2017
The Wild West of EuropeIreland has one of the world's greatest soccer fans, who most recently fervently expressed their strong support for their home...

West Antarctica experiences accelerated glacier melting

by Mares - 13th December 2016
Research will lead to better predictions about rising sea levelsThe fastest ongoing rates of glacier retreat ever recorded have been documented by re...

New underwater observatory to monitor zooplankton

by Herbert - 10th December 2016
Scientists from the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) have placed an optical...
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 sperm whales of the Car...

Artificial Blue Holes

by Gianluca - 28th October 2016
Until recently, deep freedive training during colder seasons in a swimming pool was impossible, but this is no longer the case. The first deep pool...

Luggage for Paradise

by Peter - 7th October 2016
The funny thing about paradise is, it is always somewhere far, but not where you are at the moment and paradoxically home is only sweet, when you ar...

Two-thirds of zooplankton at tropical coral reefs lost to ocean acidification

by Herbert - 24th September 2016
Ocean acidification can fundamentally change the structure of the reef Tropical coral reefs can lose up to two-thirds of their zooplankton as a re...

Freediving vs. Scuba diving

by Gianluca - 20th September 2016
Freediving and scuba diving, although having the same aim of exploring the depths, mean a completely different physical and mental approach. Here ar...

Freediving Philosophy

by Gianluca - 8th September 2016
Most people who have never experienced the emotion of freediving see this discipline as a test of bravery or a demonstration of strength. In reality i...

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...

Submerged Mediterranean port actually eight acres large

by Herbert - 30th August 2016
Site of a major fortress and port during the Roman periodIt turns out that the ancient Mediterranean port of Triport in Albania, which had been the s...