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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...
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...
Thomas Van Puymbroeck

Mermaids? Are they real?

by Thomas Van Puymbroeck - 27th September 2018
Are mermaids real? In the olden days, sailors believed in magical, magnificent creatures which they called 'mermaids'. Now we suspect that they pro...
Samo

The Road to Vertical Blue 2018

by Samo - 18th July 2018
Vertical Blue is one of the best depth freediving competitions in the world which takes place in Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas. De...
Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona

Diving at the Lighthouse, Portofino, Italy

by Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona - 16th May 2018
"The lighthouse point in Portofino is one of the most suggestive sites of the promontory. A unique, spectacular environment and a dive waiting to be d...
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...
Ivana and Janez

Mantas – the gentle giants of the seas

by Ivana and Janez - 7th February 2018
Manta rays – the diver's dream. Belonging to the family Mobulidae, there are two species of Manta Ray often seen and admired by divers: Manta birost...
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...
Herbert

Three freediving world records broken during weekend at the Weissensee

by Herbert - 16th January 2018
Three freediving world records broken during weekend at the WeissenseeLatest endeavour is more difficult and exciting – and all performed under the ...
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

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...
Mares

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...
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

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...
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...
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...
Gianluca

Freediving in Swiss lakes with Gianluca Genoni

by Gianluca - 12th July 2017
Freediving often means exploring crystalline waters to see and discover the wonders of the ocean, but this is not always the case… For around 14 ye...
Predrag

Canyoning – An extreme sport which raises adrenaline levels

by Predrag - 27th June 2017
Canyoning is one of those adventures in which you have a full sense of enjoyment while dealing with nature and all its temptations. When we talk about...
Herbert

Corals create structures to promote reef recovery

by Herbert - 31st May 2017
Complex underwater structures catch coral larvae Scientists have discovered that coral larvae are dependent on their parents. By creating nooks and c...
Herbert

Taking the plunge underwater… and underground

by Herbert - 22nd May 2017
Diving into the flooded tunnels of Schieferbergwerk Nuttlar in Sauerland is not for the faint-hearted. After crossing the yellow container (which re...
Herbert

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...
Herbert

Humpback whale calves whisper to keep safe

by Herbert - 27th April 2017
Vocalisations may be used to help mother and calf stay togetherTo avoid detection by killer whales, newborn humpback whales whisper to their mothers....
Carlo

The Gianluca Genoni Trophy: not just performance!

by Carlo - 11th April 2017
On Sunday the 9th of April 2017, the Gianluca Genoni Trophy was held in Mortara Swimming Pool, valid also for the FIPSAS elite circuit, in an atmosp...
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

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...
Herbert

Rare ghost shark filmed for the first time

by Herbert - 3rd January 2017
The ghost shark is a unique species In 2009, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) exploring the seabed at the Gulf of California captured the image of...
Herbert

Trial of shark-detection technology begins at shark nursery

by Herbert - 7th November 2016
Is Clever Buoy smart enough to spot the sharks?In light of the recent shark attacks off the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, shark-detectin...
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...
Gianluca

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...
Herbert

Another successful Manta Fest at Yap

by Herbert - 11th October 2016
Participants get photographic tips from experts at photographic scuba shoot-out The 9th Annual Manta Fest Photo Festival was held at the Manta Ray ...
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...
Gianluca

5 essential rules for freediving this summer!

by Gianluca - 28th July 2016
During the summer season in the Mediterranean there are always more and more freedivers who go out into the sea to perfect their technique or discov...
Mares

For all things ‘freediving’ check out Gianluca Genoni – on board with the Mares blog!

by Mares - 14th July 2016
Gianluca Genoni has been a Mares testimonial since 1996, has established 18 world records in numerous freediving specialties and is now International...
Mares

XR expert Florent M. Locatelli on board with the Mares blog!

by Mares - 13th July 2016
Florent M. Locatelli joined Mares & SSI in 2014; he is the “daddy” of the new MARES│XR line and now International Training Director for XR ...
SV Delos

Introducing Delos! A world cruising sailboat! (Part 1)

by SV Delos - 11th July 2016
Here I am.  50 Meters underwater.  In a dark black hallway. Swimming my way towards “The Lady”.  I’m following the bright yellow fins of a...
Yme

My life as a scuba instructor

by Yme - 10th July 2016
I have just taken off my triathlon suite after a 1hr 20min swimming session in the crystal clear waters of Kampor Bay  on the Island of Rab, Croatia....
Herbert

Swim courses and dive training

by Herbert - 23rd June 2016
diving.DE, El Quseir, Egypt: On 12th to 18 June 2016, the training for Swim Teachers and Swim Teacher Trainers under the SSI system was held in Egyp...
Cat

Escape to the aquatic world

by Cat - 20th June 2016
There is a moment in time that nothing can compare to. That moment when the noise of the world is silenced and for that very moment i...
Mares

The not so silent world

by Mares - 27th May 2016
There is no doubt Jacques would be jealous. Sure, he had pristine reefs and healthier fish populations but the guy was swimming around with a flare ...
Mares

Straits of Gibraltar no deterrent to breeding eels

by Mares - 12th April 2016
Researchers, including one from the Technical University of Denmark, have proven for the first time that eels from the Mediterranean Sea do have a p...
Mares

Love in the moonlight: The bumphead parrotfish mass aggregation at Palau’s Rock Islands

by Mares - 15th January 2016
The green humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) is one of the diver's favourite fishes. A school of more than 50 of these fishes swimming by ...
Mares

Manta ray performs acrobatic display of thanks for divers

by Mares - 3rd September 2015
Animal had fishing lines wrapped around its body In May 2015, dive instructor Paul Slater was on a group dive near Cocos Island, 550km off the Pac...
Herbert

Biology: Sunfish

by Herbert - 1st September 2015
Floating "Millstones" In The Ocean? At first glance, these curious-looking fish look like gigantic fish heads without a body. They are known as ...
Herbert

Biology: The Frogfish

by Herbert - 26th August 2015
Incredibly Fast “Suckers” Finding a frogfish is the tough part. Once you do, taking photos of it is relatively easy, since they remain motionl...
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

Biology: Rays

by Herbert - 6th July 2015
The Art of “Underwater Flight” The dance of mantas in the ocean certainly leaves no diver unmoved. The majesty of spotting (and swimming along...