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Emir

Aly Yalaoui Tribute

by Emir - 14th May 2018
Aly Yalaoui, for those who knew him, was the leader of technical diving in Algeria, the deepest diving Algerian, a Mares brand representative, a famil...
Ivana and Janez

Hermit crabs against plastic!

by Ivana and Janez - 31st July 2018
Hermit crabs are decapod crustaceans which, like other members of this order, have segmented bodies and very well developed eyes, claws and legs. They...
Ivana and Janez

So which one is it? A stonefish or a scorpionfish?

by Ivana and Janez - 24th July 2018
I often get confused between stonefish and scorpionfish and need to remind myself what the differences between them are. Both belong to the order Scor...
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...
Ivana and Janez

The best known wrecks of Jordan

by Ivana and Janez - 16th July 2018
It is in the northernmost part of the Red Sea, at the very tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, that Jordan reaches out to the sea. The city that dominates this ...
Ivana and Janez

The Wreck of the Brioni

by Ivana and Janez - 2nd July 2018
The wreck of the Brioni passenger and cargo ship is one of the most captivating wrecks in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea. It is located on the ...
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...
Ivana and Janez

The Wrecks of Karaburun

by Ivana and Janez - 15th June 2018
The small town of Karaburun is located in northwest Turkey, 650km away from Istanbul. What used to be a fishing village now has about 2,000 citizens w...
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...
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 ...
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...
Herbert

Ocean acidification affects mussels in early life stages

by Herbert - 11th January 2018
Marine scientists show impact of acidification on mussel larvae Shells have a hard, calcareous shell to protect themselves against environmental ha...
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...
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

EU project Nunataryuk investigates effects of permafrost thaw

by Herbert - 27th November 2017
Fragile Arctic environment threatened by retreating permafrost Permafrost makes up a quarter of the land mass in the Northern Hemisphere. The adven...
Herbert

Marine Snowfall at Equator

by Herbert - 13th October 2017
Detailed picture of biological particle flow to deep sea along the equator Animal excrement and parts of dead organisms constantly sink from the oc...
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...
Predrag

Try Something Different – Scuba Diving and Stand Up Paddle Board

by Predrag - 28th August 2017
Before I traveled to the Cayman Islands I knew what to expect; I had been there so many times for photographic and diving adventures. As I know about...
BGfU

‘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...
Herbert

What do whales have to do with homeopathy?

by Herbert - 18th August 2017
EU prohibits whaling, but not trade in whale productsIf we think of sperm whales, we think of Moby Dick, and of whales that dive up to 2,000 meters de...
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...
Herbert

Low-oxygen eddies in Atlantic produce greenhouse gases

by Herbert - 28th July 2017
International researchers discover previously unknown processes In 2014, an international research team led by the Kiel Cluster of Excellence “The ...
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...
Herbert

Freshwater sources in the sea

by Herbert - 20th July 2017
The invisible water resource In the scientific journal Earth Science Reviews, geologists Nils Moosdorf and Till Oehler from the Leibniz Center for ...
Mares

The secret beauty of Nudibranchs

by Mares - 13th July 2017
Nudibranchs come in many different colours, shapes and sizes. According to various sources, there are between 2000 - 3000 different species of nudibra...
Herbert

Iron deficiency inhibits marine microbes

by Herbert - 26th May 2017
Scientists discover important process in nutrient cycle in tropical North Atlantic Iron has been identified as an important nutrient for algae and ...
Fred Buyle

Freediving – a tool for marine biology

by Fred Buyle - 5th May 2017
For my first Mares blog I have decided to write about one of the most exiting projects I’m involved in: Darewin. Darewin is the brainchild of Fab...
Scuba Diver Girls

The Scuba Diver Girls meet some curious seals!

by Scuba Diver Girls - 14th April 2017
“What is that?!” I gasped as I felt something tug my fin. I glanced over at Stephanie who was on top of the water with her GoPro. She had her 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...
Mares

Catching fish too expensive to eat

by Mares - 9th February 2017
WWF report: Improving fishing management imperative for global food security By 2050, millions of people in the global South (in developing countr...
Herbert

Sounds of the ocean

by Herbert - 2nd February 2017
Findings on background sounds in Southern Ocean published For nearly three years, using underwater recording devices, scientists have been listening...
Mares

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...
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 ...
Mares

Larger-sized animals at higher risk of extinction

by Mares - 22nd September 2016
Serious consequences for the marine ecosystems Uncontrolled fishing practices have given rise to a new trend that places larger animals at greater...
Mares

White orca returns after absence of several years

by Mares - 7th September 2016
"Iceberg" the white orca has resurfaced in the Russian Far East. First sighted in early 2012, he captured worldwide media interest as white cetacean...
Cat

UK Inland Diving Locations Case Study – Stoney Cove

by Cat - 27th July 2016
The fact that the United Kingdom is an island, should mean that costal diving locations are plentiful and varied enough to keep the bu...
Mares

Exploring hydrothermal vents at Azores archipelago

by Mares - 23rd July 2016
Researchers investigate hydrothermal vents on research vessel's 30th anniversary cruise Welcome to the world of the hydrothermal vents, where organ...
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 ...
Mares

Fresh hope for coral reefs

by Mares - 23rd June 2016
Global study uncovers “bright spots” where coral reefs thrive Researchers have discovered certain places where coral reefs have managed to thr...
Mares

How stable is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet?

by Mares - 12th February 2016
Exceeding critical temperature values can lead to collapse of the ice sheet and strong rise in sea level A future warming of the Southern Ocean due ...
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

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

Nitrous Oxide From The Sea

by Mares - 26th June 2015
Kiel marine scientists have discovered that the South-East Pacific region has been emitting more nitrous oxide levels than previously expected. A...