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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...
Damir

Sea Lions – Los Islotes

by Damir - 2nd January 2018
Los Islotes island is located just 25 miles, or just over an hour’s boat ride, from La Paz. The ride towards the island is like a small safari thro...
Herbert

Seawater cools upper layers of earth’s crust

by Herbert - 29th November 2017
Seawater penetrates much deeper than expected How deep can seawater penetrate through cracks and fissures into the seafloor? Using a new analysis m...
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...
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

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...
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...
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...
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 ...
Gianluca

Freediving: Seas vs Lakes

by Gianluca - 31st July 2017
Often those who live near the sea don’t even think about the fact that they can go freediving in other contexts, and lakes are great training grou...
Mares

Temperatures in Arctic archipelago may soon rise beyond freezing point

by Mares - 10th July 2017
Scientist predict that the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard may experience above-freezing temperatures for the first time on record, as a result of gl...
Herbert

Coastal ecosystems threatened by rising water temperatures

by Herbert - 7th July 2017
Higher water temperatures can lead to nitrite accumulation in marine environments worldwide, and this can ultimately disrupt oceanic food webs, accord...
Mares

Researchers gather at Great Barrier Reef to study latest coral bleaching

by Mares - 21st March 2017
Aerial and underwater surveys to be conducted

As coral bleaching strikes the Great Barrier Reef for the second year in a row, coral resear...
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 mining

For deep-sea octopuses, manganese nodules on the seabed are an important b...
Mares

Kelp along Southern California coastline resisted warmer temperatures

by Mares - 16th December 2016
In early 2014, when a large-scale heat wave in the Pacific Ocean produced temperature anomalies greater than anything seen since the early 1900s (...
Mares

New insights into the changes of the Nordic Seas during interglacials

by Mares - 5th December 2016
The characteristics of the water masses in the Nordic Seas are expected to change due to the Earth's higher temperatures and melting glaciers.
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Mares

Researchers search for Earth’s oldest ice

by Mares - 21st November 2016
Ice cores show glimpse of composition of atmosphere in the past

In Antarctic, ice and climate scientists from 14 institutions in ten European ...
Morne Hardenberg

Best Guadalupe Season Since 2012!

by Morne Hardenberg - 18th November 2016
We have just completed two EPIC expeditions to Isla Guadalupe off the west coast of Baja Peninsula! The volcanic island lies roughly 230km off the coa...
Mares

Arctic sea ice at its second-lowest ever this September

by Mares - 16th September 2016
In September 2016, the surface of the Arctic sea ice shrank to nearly 4.1 million square kilometres – the second smallest recorded area since sate...
Mares

Essential seaweed species in Baltic Sea under threat

by Mares - 11th August 2016
The Baltic Sea’s biomass of bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus) may soon decline due to rising sea temperatures and the presence of increased nutrie...
Herbert

Researchers discover that sponges are host to surprising diverse range of microbes

by Herbert - 17th June 2016
Discovery opens door to potential new discoveries in the future

Sponges are important hosts for microbes, making up a significant part of the ...
Mares

This year’s decline of Arctic sea ice may be as bad as the record low of 2012

by Mares - 19th May 2016
At the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), sea ice physicists have predicted that the sea ice cover in t...
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

Arctic sea ice plays essential role in methane cycle

by Mares - 8th December 2015
Study uncovers link between seasonal melting of sea ice and release of methane gas The ice-covered Arctic Ocean plays a more important role in det...
Mares

Melting coastal glaciers cause loss in biodiversity – Seabed ecosystem affected by sedimentation

by Mares - 20th November 2015
Melting glaciers will lead to a reduction of species biodiversity among the benthos (bottom-dwelling organisms) community in the coastal waters off t...
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...
Mares

German research network on ocean acification concludes

by Mares - 8th October 2015
An in-depth assessment of the possible impact of ocean acidification on the environment, society and economy, as well as the development of management...
Mares

Tackling rising ocean temperatures

by Mares - 1st October 2015
Rising sea temperatures are threatening marine ecosystems worldwide, and this has a major impact on our climate, weather, fish stocks and bird populat...
Herbert

Eilat: In The Sea And On The Sand For Your Fun In The Sun

by Herbert - 17th July 2015
For Your Fun In The Sun When temperatures start to drop during those winter months in Germany, many of us would be heading for the next best place...
Herbert

Coral Bleaching: Reefs suffer equally from El Niño and La Niña

by Herbert - 8th November 2017
Researchers study effects of coral bleaching on Western Australia's reefs Researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA), the ARC Centr...
Herbert

Coral restoration in Bonaire

by Herbert - 13th January 2017
Engaging the diver to protect and restore reefs

For several years, scientists have observed more and more instances of coral mortality world...
Ivana and Janez

Appearances can be very deceiving! The Mantis shrimp…

by Ivana and Janez - 18th March 2019
I have always thought that Mantis shrimp are one of the most beautiful creatures you can find and photograph in shallow, warm, tropical and subtropica...
Ivana and Janez

A closer look at Aqaba Bay – Interview with Abdullah Momany

by Ivana and Janez - 7th January 2019
Abdullah Momany is the owner and manager of the Red Sea Dive Center. He is also a marine biologist who has worked in the marine environment for over 1...
Ivana and Janez

My experience diving with the Flexa wetsuit!

by Ivana and Janez - 1st January 2019
Diving has become my obsession and great passion! Five years ago, when I first touched the underwater world, I knew that I would use every possible op...
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,...
Mares

Dive Expedition – Mt. Treskavica Lakes

by Mares - 26th October 2018
Located thirty kilometers south of Sarajevo, the Treskavica mountain range is no doubt one of the most beautiful in Bosnia and Herzegovina, known amon...
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...
Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona

Mares XR Active Heat Vest

by Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona - 26th June 2018
Rapallo, May 2018 My new rEvo rebreather is ready for use. Yme, my instructor, has just finished the first lesson of the course which will allow me...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 able...
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...
Ivana and Janez

XR from the Diver’s Point of View

by Ivana and Janez - 2nd March 2018
When you look back in your logbook and see thousands of recorded dives, you may think to yourself ‘What more could I possibly learn about diving?’...
Herbert

Increasing nutrient input has implications for food webs in the Arctic Ocean

by Herbert - 13th February 2018
Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic Scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid Arctic climate change: in the...
Gerald

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...
Herbert

Cold spell in the US: frozen sharks on the beach

by Herbert - 10th January 2018
Frozen sharks wash up on the shores of the US West Coast Icy temperatures in the north and northeast of the USA of up to minus 40 degrees Celsius a...