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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 ...
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...
Mares

How are whales and dolphins doing in Europe?

by Mares - 24th May 2017
New population estimates released Ten EU Member States have carried out a survey of the distribution and abundance of whales and dolphins in Europea...
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....
Herbert

Japan kills 333 whales in annual hunt

by Herbert - 1st April 2017
Whales supposedly killed for "research" purposes After four months at sea, the Japanese whaling fleet has returned from its controversial annual h...
Franco and Sabrina

Moments of a lifetime caught on camera : Snorkelling side by side with the sperm whales of the eastern Caribbean Sea

by Franco and Sabrina - 29th November 2016
This post starts our contribution to the Mares blog, to which we are absolutely grateful, and our first post is about the sperm whales of the Car...
Herbert

Whales: The killing continues…

by Herbert - 28th November 2016
Japanese whaling ships set off on lethal missionDespite having adopted a new method to control their scientific whaling activities at this year's Int...
Mares

WDC partners with Walflüsterer (Whale whisperer) project to promote sustainable whale watching

by Mares - 21st September 2016
The “Walflüsterer” (Whale whisperer) project, which promotes sustainable whale-watching trips, has chosen the Whale and Dolphin Conservation’...
Mares

Whale sharks and hammerhead sharks go into the red

by Mares - 16th August 2016
IUCN Red List now names them as “Endangered” The July 2016 update to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List now clas...
Herbert

Humpback whale spotted in Bay of Greifswald

by Herbert - 2nd August 2016
Public requested to report sightings to German Oceanographic Museum On the mornings of July 27th and 28th, a whale was spotted in the Bay of Greif...
Mares

Whale carcasses from recent stranding dissected

by Mares - 10th February 2016
Staff from the German Oceanographic Museum had a whale of a task last weekend, dissecting the carcasses of three of the eight male sperm whales that...
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

Rare whale filmed for the very first time off the coast of Madagascar

by Mares - 6th November 2015
Researchers have filmed the rare Omura’s whale off the coast of Madagascar for the first time ever. Very little is known about this whale, whi...
Herbert

Drone used to collect whale “sample”

by Herbert - 8th September 2015
Research made possible via crowdfunding The scientists at Ocean Alliance have a mission to study whales in the wild, and they wanted to do it with...
Mares

Whale carcass causes feeding frenzy off South Africa

by Mares - 4th September 2015
Feast for both sharks and divers It's not something you come across every day: A floating whale carcass on the ocean surface... with some 40 shark...
Mares

Cruise Ships Boycott Faroe Islands To Protest Annual Slaughter Of Pilot Whales

by Mares - 14th August 2015
Both AIDA Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have suspended their trips to the Faroe Islands in response to the new law which stipulate that all whale ...
Robert

Breathtaking Moments – The Great White Sharks of Guadalupe, August 2018

by Robert - 29th August 2018
MARES - WIRODIVE - NAUTILUS LIVEABOARDS See photos from the experience here. At DEMA 2017 I met up with Mike Lever, as usual. Mike is the owner of t...
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

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...
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...
Ivana and Janez

Blackwater Night Dive

by Ivana and Janez - 24th January 2018
To most divers, a night dive is their favourite kind of dive. Everything becomes pacified at night. The lamps we use on night dives highlight the true...
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...
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

Narwhals show alarming reactions to stress

by Herbert - 21st December 2017
Human disturbances cause narwhals to freeze and escape simultaneously New insights into the effects of ocean noise and increased human activity on ...
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...
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...
Herbert

Thousands of dolphins die as countries ignore EU regulations

by Herbert - 23rd November 2017
Whales and dolphins continue to perish as bycatch in fishing nets The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Organization (WDC) has examined the implementa...
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

Why do krill stocks in Antarctica fluctuate?

by Herbert - 9th June 2017
Climatic influences not as important as previously thought Although just six centimeters long, the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) plays an imp...
Herbert

Diving the HMHS Britannic

by Herbert - 23rd May 2017
Titanic's tragic sister There aren't many wrecks that inspire the imagination. The HMHS Britannic is undoubtedly one of them. As an introduction, ...
Frank

Time Issues

by Frank - 9th May 2017
Filmmaking is not a common job. You have to be very passionate about it and that is mostly because it takes time. Not only because of the hours, day...
Herbert

Marvels of the Arctic

by Herbert - 9th May 2017
Undertaking a cool journey of discoveryWater temperatures of minus 3°C. It is so cold here that using salt to lower the temperature of freezing is ...
Gerald

A Playground in the Indian Ocean

by Gerald - 8th May 2017
Asia has always been my favourite region for travelling and diving. My first visit to Thailand was to Phuket in 1989. The diving was still quite man...
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...
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...
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

Taking the plunge at Christmas Island

by Herbert - 30th December 2016
Meeting whale sharks instead of Santa ClausOnce upon a time, there was an island, remote and distant from the rest of the world. Despite not having a...
Mares

From walking the runway to diving for ghost nets

by Mares - 10th November 2016
Model Barbara Meier is the new project ambassador for the WWF campaign against ghost nets Model and actress Barbara Meier is the new project ambas...
Herbert

World’s largest marine protected area established in Antarctica

by Herbert - 28th October 2016
Just off the southern coast of Antarctica is the Ross Sea, where the largest marine protected area (MPA) will be established.It will cover 1.55 mill...
Mares

Seismic gun testing threatens world’s second largest barrier reef

by Mares - 25th October 2016
Belize begins seismic surveys at the World Natural Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef In late October 2016, Belize announced plans to conduct...
Mares

Germany proposes protection for Weddell Sea

by Mares - 20th October 2016
The European Union has submitted a request for a marine protected area (MPA) to be established in the Weddell Sea. The scientific basis was provided...
Morne Hardenberg

The greatest ocean safari on the planet!

by Morne Hardenberg - 19th October 2016
Every year, over the months of June/July, we spend 40 days on South Africa's "Wild Coast" waiting for the mass migration of sardines which moves up th...
Mares

Life beneath the ice

by Mares - 17th October 2016
Welcome to the world beneath the ice. We're all familiar with the animals that live above the ice at the Arctic and Antarctica, but have you wonde...
Peter

Luggage for Paradise

by Peter - 7th October 2016
The funny thing about paradise is, it is always somewhere far, but not where you are at the moment and paradoxically home is only sweet, when you ar...
Franco and Sabrina

Good News from the CITES

by Franco and Sabrina - 5th October 2016
CITES voted yesterday (4th October) on proposals to list silky sharks, all three species of thresher sharks and all nine species of mobula rays on A...