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Malta: Greenpeace activists protest against marine pollution

by Herbert - 7th October 2017
Giant dragon sculpture spits plastic garbage at ‘Our Ocean 2017’ in Malta On 5 October 2017, Greenpeace activists and other members of the #Bre...
Mares

High pollution potential found in sediment

by Mares - 23rd August 2016
Plastic particles act like magnets to bind pollutants and toxins A research team has revealed that microplastics have the ability to bind much mor...
Herbert

Turtle herpes outbreak may be due to pollution

by Herbert - 11th July 2016
Disease causes growths that obstruct turtle's vision Green sea turtles, which are currently endangered, are facing another threat – a debilitati...
Ivana and Janez

Freshwater vs marine diving

by Ivana and Janez - 13th November 2018
For more information on Marine Ecology, check out our friends at SSI! Most of us dive in a marine environment only. It is perceived as more exciting,...
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

“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 warned about the danger...
Franco and Sabrina

An island in the current of an endless ocean

by Franco and Sabrina - 5th January 2018
Nine islands of lava, each one different from the other; some with high coasts and fjords, inlets that seem to have been cut into the rock; others w...
Herbert

Researchers puzzle over possible causes for disappearance of sea snakes

by Herbert - 11th December 2017
Western Australia: High genetic diversity in sea snakes found Scientists have studied the genetic diversity of sea snakes in different locations. T...
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...
Herbert

Researchers are developing a new method for restoring damaged coral reefs

by Herbert - 1st December 2017
Successful breeding and application of coral larvae For the first time, researchers have accelerated the formation of new coral colonies on small a...
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 for ocean acidification...
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...
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 Geoscience journal on 26 June 2...
Gerald

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 – ...
Herbert

Future opportunities for coral reefs

by Herbert - 8th June 2017
In spite of global warming, reefs could change but remain the same Although the world’s coral reefs are under threat, there is still time to save...
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, ...
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...
Herbert

Biorock project Curacao

by Herbert - 27th February 2017
Artifical reefs help to preserve valuable ecosystemsCuracao's intact coral reefs belong to the most popular attraction for divers and snorkelers. Glo...
Florent M. Locatelli

MT Haven (ex Amoco Milford Haven) – Ligurian Wrecks (Part II)

by Florent M. Locatelli - 12th January 2017
MT Haven, formerly Amoco Milford Haven, is a VLCC-class oil-tanker (Very Large Crude Carrier), in other words a super-tanker, built by Astilleros Espa...
Herbert

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...
Mares

Plastik-Peter warns about threats of plastic trash in oceans

by Mares - 22nd November 2016
New short film is part of efforts of Science Year 2016*2017With the “Plastik-Peter” cinema short film as part of Science Year 2016*2017 – Seas ...
Mares

Irrawaddy dolphins “functionally extinct” in Laos

by Mares - 1st November 2016
No hope left for the remaining dolphinsThe Irrawaddy dolphin has lost the battle for survival in Laos. The WWF declared the species functionally ext...
Herbert

New Hope Spots spell new hope for the world’s oceans

by Herbert - 15th September 2016
Fourteen new oceanic Hope Spots were jointly announced last week by Mission Blue and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) at the IU...
Mares

Fishermen from Niendorf and Travemünde supportive of Fishing for Litter

by Mares - 5th September 2016
Schleswig-Holstein secures funding of project for another three years Since the middle of August 2016, fishermen have been able to dispose of mari...
Mares

NABU Cruise Rankings 2016 : Cruise ships fall short in environmental protection

by Mares - 1st September 2016
People living in the Mediterranean will suffer as a result Based on the NABU Cruise Rankings 2016, all European cruise ships still have a long way t...
Herbert

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...
Mares

Earth Overshoot Day : After 8 August 2016, humanity is in debt

by Mares - 9th August 2016
Demands on natural resources have exceeded available resources since yesterday This year, Earth Overshoot Day fell on 8 August 2016. On that day, t...
Marcel

Great White Shark Tagging

by Marcel - 5th July 2016
Finning, bycatch in commercial fishing, over fishing, sport fishing, contamination, pollution and targeted killing let the shark populations rapid...
Mares

Malaysia establishes its largest marine reserve

by Mares - 2nd June 2016
Park is home to 80,000 people and has more than 250 species of hard corals The Sabah State Government has established a marine conservation reserv...
Mares

New study shows relationship between fisheries harvest and reef resilience

by Mares - 13th April 2016
To better protect the coral reefs of the Caribbean, tighter fishery regulations are needed to offset the mounting pressures they face from global wa...
Mares

Severe coral bleaching hits Great Barrier Reef

by Mares - 30th March 2016
Some recent surveys have shown how the rising temperature of the seawater has led to severe coral bleaching at Australia's Great Barrier Reef. As a...
Mares

Ocean acidification slows down coral reef growth

by Mares - 17th March 2016
By manipulating the seawater chemistry of a reef to study how excess carbon dioxide caused by human activity affects coral reefs, a team of scientis...
Mares

Book launch at Maritime Museum shines light on first German deep-sea expedition

by Mares - 7th March 2016
Zoologist Carl Chun from Leipzig was fascinated by the possibilities within the deep sea. In a speech to the German Association of Natural Scientist...
Mares

New European satellite to monitor the oceans and environment

by Mares - 19th February 2016
Carrying four Earth-observation instruments on board, a satellite lifted off on Tuesday on its mission to bring us a more comprehensive picture of o...
Mares

Humboldt penguins and dolphins in Chile at risk

by Mares - 17th February 2016
In northern Chile at La Higuera, near the island of Chañaral, there is a marine sanctuary where about 80 percent of the world's wild population of ...
Mares

Researchers measure decomposition in polyethylene and biodegradable bags

by Mares - 15th February 2016
Plastic waste is now found in practically every part of the world, from the Antarctic coasts to the ocean depths. Faced with this dire fact of moder...
Mares

Eurasian water shrew is Switzerland’s Animal of 2016

by Mares - 8th January 2016
A water shrew that hunts underwater has been named Animal of 2016 by Swiss environmental organisation Pro Natura. The Eurasian water shrew (Neomys f...
Mares

Return of the blue whale?

by Mares - 16th November 2015
For several years, blue whales are more frequently being sighted in European waters, be it off the coast of England, in the Azores or the Canaries I...
Mares

Five countries responsible for 60 percent of plastic waste in oceans

by Mares - 2nd November 2015
About eight million tons of plastic trash enter the world’s oceans every year. According to a new study entitled Stemming the Tide, up to 60 percen...
Mares

Thirty percent of UNESCO natural World Heritage Sites at risk

by Mares - 6th October 2015
Almost one-third of all 229 UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites worldwide are being threatened by mining activity and the extraction of fossil fuels, ...