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South Africa: Death of endangered humpback dolphin provokes controversy about shark nets

by Herbert - 30th August 2017
Shark nets are deadly traps for dolphins, sharks and other marine inhabitants The death of an endangered humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) in a shar...
Herbert

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...
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...
Cat

A New Cave Diver is Born!

by Cat - 16th April 2018
Cave diving... If you had asked me only last week about cave diving, my answer would have been very clear, I am not a cave diver nor do I have any ...
Submaris

Open Ocean Research

by Submaris - 10th April 2018
The Big Blue! Finally! After three days of travelling via plane, a short delay of one day due to carnival, and a long taxi ride along winding grave...
Florent M. Locatelli

Grotta Giusti – Journey to the Center of the Earth

by Florent M. Locatelli - 3rd April 2018
“Grotta Giusti can be found in the spa resort of Monsummano Terme, originally the 19th century country home of Tuscan poet Giuseppe Giusti, located ...
Robert

Operation Hailstone – Truk Lagoon

by Robert - 29th March 2018
On February 17, 1944, more than 60 Japanese warships and over 400 fighter jets await their deployment. No one suspects that the US Navy is already on ...
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 ...
Cat

The experienced “inexperienced” diver

by Cat - 22nd March 2018
There are so many things about the diving industry that on a daily basis remind me that my career choice was the right one. I am privileged to be ...
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...
Ivana and Janez

Icy Adventures

by Ivana and Janez - 9th March 2018
When you think of diving under the ice in Europe, what first comes to mind is Lake Weissensee, located in the Austrian province of Karnten. This glaci...
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 water...
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...
Ivana and Janez

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

by Ivana and Janez - 20th February 2018
As a Mares Ambassador, I had the honour of being a part of an extraordinary expedition, organised by the Ocean Geographic Explorer Foundation. The org...
Predrag

The Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine and MaresLAB in Belgrade

by Predrag - 13th February 2018
The idea of founding the Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine came in 1994 from the company HOLYWELL NEOPREN. The idea was born from a knowledge of the po...
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 th...
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

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...
Herbert

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...
Herbert

Hells Bells: Unique underwater stalactites in Yucatán Caves

by Herbert - 12th December 2017
Researchers study how Hells Bells was created In recent years, scientists have identified a small group of stalactites in which the characteristic ...
Hannah

Sea Something, Say Something: Coral Reef Citizen Science

by Hannah - 11th December 2017
We have had a hectic hurricane season here in the Florida and Caribbean region, which can have a big effect on our beloved coral reefs. Coral reefs ar...
Herbert

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...
Herbert

Japan allowed to continue trade in threatened whales’ meat

by Herbert - 4th December 2017
CITIES meeting misses historic opportunity Last week, on 27 November 2017, the Standing Committee of CITES missed the opportunity to put an end to ...
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

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...
Herbert

Storm waves from the past hold lessons for future

by Herbert - 13th November 2017
Huge boulders on coast retain clues about prehistoric storms In the Bahamas, tons of boulders have been washed onto the cliffs more than 100,000 ye...
Franco and Sabrina

The treasures of the submerged archaeological park of Baia

by Franco and Sabrina - 10th November 2017
Can you believe that is possible to freedive and scuba dive side by side with a grouper or an octopus, among the extraordinary beauty of submerged imp...
Hannah

A Sea of Opportunities at DEMA 2017

by Hannah - 8th November 2017
The Dive Equipment Manufacturing Association’s annual four-day, industry-only trade show just wrapped up in Orlando, Florida. With attendance of mor...
Herbert

Nutrient Mix enables phytoplankton to flourish

by Herbert - 6th November 2017
Combination of nutrients is necessary to promote plankton growth For the food webs in the ocean and processes such as the carbon cycle, photosynthe...
Herbert

Scientist conducts shocking experiment involving electric eel – and himself

by Herbert - 2nd November 2017
Objective was to measure strength of eel’s electric shocks Electric shocks inflicted by a young electric eel feel as if you had accidentally touc...
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...
Gianluca

What’s your approach to freediving?

by Gianluca - 27th October 2017
When we talk about freediving we often mention positive feelings, well-being and technique - but is this always true? When people are getting to know ...
Herbert

Fuel from seaweed

by Herbert - 25th October 2017
Researchers developing breeding programmes for seaweed In the future, our homes and vehicles could be fuelled by seaweed cultivated in large offsho...
Hannah

Divers call BINGO to save sharks

by Hannah - 10th October 2017
BINGO! Who knew people that love to dive and protect sharks also like to play BINGO? Apparently, my good friend Nikole did when she proposed a BINGO t...
Herbert

Bluefin tuna return to North Sea

by Herbert - 2nd October 2017
Researchers tag fish with satellite trackers After an absence of more than 50 years, the endangered bluefin tuna has returned to the North Sea. A j...
Herbert

Successes in fight against dolphin threats in South Africa

by Herbert - 27th September 2017
First shark nets dismantled After the fourth incident earlier in 2017 involving an endangered humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) in a shark net off R...
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...
Herbert

Researchers measure unusually high oxygen uptake in the Labrador Sea

by Herbert - 13th September 2017
Ocean taking a deep breath? Stormy, rough and very cold: these characteristics of the Labrador Sea may initially seem uncomfortable, but they are o...
b_rad

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 ...
Herbert

9th Rebreather Reunion Hemmoor Germany

by Herbert - 4th September 2017
Meeting took place on 25 to 27 August 2017 On August 25th to 27th, the ninth "Rebreather Reunion Hemmoor Germany" was held at the Kreidesee in Hemm...
Herbert

Arctic: AWI underwater robot Tramper successfully recovered

by Herbert - 31st August 2017
Almost 60 weeks of measurements of oxygen content at the bottom of the deep sea obtained On 27 August 2017, deep sea explorers of the Alfred Wegene...
Fred Buyle

Blue Shark Tagging in the Azores

by Fred Buyle - 30th August 2017
Every year since 2005 I have been helping marine biologists do their fieldwork using my freediving skills. During the summer, blue sharks are abund...
Herbert

Underwater robot “TRAMPER” to surface after a year in the Arctic deep sea

by Herbert - 22nd August 2017
Helmholtz Alliance ROBEX tested innovative technologies on expedition On Tuesday, August 22nd, the research vessel Polarstern will set off on a spe...
Gianluca

Freediving: safety and fun

by Gianluca - 14th August 2017
Over the past few years, freedivers have been growing in number, and this makes me very happy. When I started out, freediving wasn’t so normal. ...
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...
Hannah

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week finally features females

by Hannah - 21st July 2017
No doubt about it, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week gets a lot of attention with more than 2.5 million viewers in 2015. However, the network has bee...
BGfU

Underwater Archaeological Exploration

by BGfU - 10th July 2017
The underwater archaeological exploration of a late roman shipwreck on the coast of the Istrian peninsula as part of a continuing cooperation of betwe...
Herbert

Underwater landslides may be caused by distant earthquakes

by Herbert - 5th July 2017
Researchers have discovered that large earthquakes can trigger underwater landslides thousands of miles away weeks or months after the occurrence of t...