Herbert

Herbert

MURNAU AM STAFFELSEE, DEUTSCHLAND
Since 1984 - the age of 18 - addicted to scuba diving. Together with my business partner Armin we started Taucher.Net (the German portal for scuba divers) as a company in 2003 and since then this has been both our passion & profession.
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Distant fish relatives share looks

by Herbert - 21st June 2017
Distant fish relatives evolve to look like one another Scientists from James Cook University (JCU) have found evidence that distantly related Austr...
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Lubricated lips helps fish feed on mucus of corals

by Herbert - 12th June 2017
Scientists have discovered a species of fish that has developed a set of self-lubricating lips to consume corals. They have published their findings i...
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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...
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Future opportunities for coral reefs

by Herbert - 8th June 2017
In spite of global warming, reefs could change but remain the same Although the world’s coral reefs are under threat, there is still time to save...
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Mandatory registration and dive restrictions – the new face of diving in Thailand?

by Herbert - 6th June 2017
Registration requirement for scuba divers Thailand is back in the limelight. This time, it is not because of its dream beaches, friendly people or ...
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Rabbitfish as trojan horses

by Herbert - 2nd June 2017
Researchers identify fish’s role in movement of invasive species For some time, invasive species have been spreading from Indo-Pacific to the Medit...
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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...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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...
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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 ...
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Papua New Guinea: Simply a dream destination

by Herbert - 6th May 2017
Incredible biodiversity in PNG holds incredible biodiversityNorth of Australia and south of the Equator lies the independent island state of Papua Ne...
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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...
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Project REEFCALENDAR 2017

by Herbert - 30th April 2017
World record attempt for our reefs and oceansNothing in the universe is as versatile and beautiful, complex and sensitive as the oceans. Oceans are ...
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Gozo: Azure Window – Azure Boulders

by Herbert - 29th April 2017
New dive spot: Azure BouldersBig news from a small island: Even in the United States and Australia, it was reported in the news that the popular lim...
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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....
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Ocean acidification causes coralline algae to adjust internal chemistry

by Herbert - 25th April 2017
Some species show higher tolerance than others For the first time, a new study has revealed that coralline algae, which is essential in the format...
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Florida manatee population likely to withstand for 100 years

by Herbert - 20th April 2017
Manatee population to slowly grow and shift northward Florida's manatee population is likely to endure for the next century, provided wildlife man...
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YO-44 aka Kodiak Queen: Richard Branson to sink WWII ship that survived Pearl Harbor attack

by Herbert - 12th April 2017
Ship targetted to become artificial reef These days, weather permitting, a ship is scheduled to sink. Nothing special? In the course of the day, the...
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Gulf of Thailand: The Burma Maru Expedition

by Herbert - 6th April 2017
Wreck Discovery in the Gulf of Thailand There was little to forewarn the fate that would strike the lone cargo ship on the pre-dawn morning on 1...
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First cave fish in Europe discovered

by Herbert - 5th April 2017
Fish is also world's most northerly cave fishFew species are as well hidden as those that live underground. In Europe, there are many animals in the ...
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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...
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Haliphron atlanticus: Deep-sea octopus feeds on jellyfish

by Herbert - 30th March 2017
Octopus then uses tentacles of jellyfish to defend itself The open ocean is the largest habitat on Earth. Within this expansive and uninhibited real...
Weltweite Verteilung von Müll und Mikroplastik in aquatischen Lebensräumen (Anzahl pro Quadratkilometer) (Status 23.03.2017). Laufend aktualisierte Grafiken gibt es unter: http://litterbase.awi.de/interaction_graph.
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Litter in the sea: New portal offers comprehensive coverage

by Herbert - 29th March 2017
New online portal LITTERBASE compiles all data in one location Where is litter at sea and which species and habitats does it affect? For the first...
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Visit Belgium’s revolutionary TODI

by Herbert - 16th March 2017
TODI: Swim with tropical fishes in indoor pool Indoor diving centres in Europe are becoming more popular during the cold season. These are p...
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Programming drones to map oil spills

by Herbert - 7th March 2017
Team drew inspiration from mathematical principlesA team from the University of Buffalo is looking into how drones can be programmed to map an oil sp...
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Yap: Manta Mania in its third year

by Herbert - 2nd March 2017
Science and fascination within one's reachEvery year, during the mating season of the manta rays in Yap, scientists and interested divers from all ov...
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Biorock project Curacao

by Herbert - 27th February 2017
Artifical reefs help to preserve valuable ecosystemsCuracao's intact coral reefs belong to the most popular attraction for divers and snorkelers. Glo...
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Why the cockeyed squid has mismatched eyes

by Herbert - 23rd February 2017
Researchers solve mystery after examining 25 years of video footageThe animals in the deep seas comprise some of the most mysterious inhabitants of o...
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Last chance for calves of the seas

by Herbert - 17th February 2017
World's smallest porpoise faces extinction threatBased on the current numbers, the population of vaquitas (the world's smallest porpoises) fell by 50...
This OFOS image, taken in the HAUSGARTEN region, contains plastic litter. Also visible are good examples of: Cladorhiza gelida, Caulophacus arcticus, Bythocaris and Bathycrinus carpenterii.

OFOS ist ein geschlepptes Foto-/Videosystem, dass Aufschluss über die großflächige Verteilung größerer Tiere am Boden des HAUSGARTEN-Gebietes gibt. Der Vergleich mit Aufnahmen aus den vergangenen zehn Jahren gibt den Wissenschaftlern Auskunft über zeitliche Veränderungen in der Dichte und Zusammensetzung dieses sogenannten Epibenthos.

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OFOS is towed photo/video system, which is used to assess large-scale distribution patterns of larger organisms (mega-fauna) on the seabed at HAUSGARTEN. The comparison with images retrieved during the preceding years will allow the scientists to evaluate temporal variations in mega-fauna densities and composition.
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Growing problem of litter in the Arctic depths

by Herbert - 16th February 2017
Sea ice may be responsible for transporting plastic wasteThe Arctic has a garbage problem. In just a decade, the amount of litter at an Arctic deepse...
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The crab with the candy cane legs

by Herbert - 13th February 2017
While on a night dive in the Caribbean, underwater photographer Ellen Muller took a photo of a “flaming reef lobster”. But when she got back fro...
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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...
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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 worldwide. Th...
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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...
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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...
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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...
Der Tiefseekrake "Casper", entdeckt an der Necker Ridge, Hawaii, in 4290 Metern Tiefe. Sein Mantel ist etwa 6,4 Zentimeter lang. Diese Aufnahme entstand mit dem US-amerikanischen Tauchroboter Deep Discovery.

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The Necker Ridge ‘Casper’ octopod (4,290 m), 6.4 cm mantle length, slowly crawling across a basalt outcrop. This image was mady by the US-ROV Deep Discovery.
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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 miningFor deep-sea octopuses, manganese nodules on the seabed are an important breeding ...
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Clam shells used to compile 1,000 yr record of ocean climate

by Herbert - 19th December 2016
As a postdoctoral researcher at Bangor University in Wales from 2007 to 2009, Alan Wanamaker started the compilation of a 1,000-year-record of the m...
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New underwater observatory to monitor zooplankton

by Herbert - 10th December 2016
Scientists from the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) have placed an optical...
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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...
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Free-diving legend Enzo Maiorca dies at age of 85

by Herbert - 15th November 2016
A great fighter, a fine spirit On 21 June 1931, he was brought into this world in Syracuse, Sicily. Today, he has been laid to rest in his southern ...
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Sport diver finds possible Fat Boy bomb in waters off British Columbia

by Herbert - 8th November 2016
Broken Arrow near British Columbia coast? A ship of the Royal Canadian Navy will leave on a special mission. The personnel on board are tasked wit...
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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...
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Polarsternexpedition ANT-XXIX/6; 8. Juni - 12. August 2013; Kapstadt-Punta Arenas
Ziel der Expedition: Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsprogramm in Atmosphäre, Meereis, Ozean und Ökosystem im antarktischen Winter, um die physikalischen und biogeochemischen Eigenschaften und Prozesse während der Wachstumsphase des Meereises besser zu verstehen. Fahrt war die erste antarktische Winterexpedition seit dem Jahr 2006. (Kurs wie im Winterexperiment 1992) 


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Polarsternexpedition ANT-XXIX/6; 8. June - 12. August 2013; Cape Town -Punta Arenas (Chile); The aim of the cruise is to carry out an interdisciplinary research programm on atmosphere, sea ice, ocean, and ecosystem during winter to obtain an understanding of physical and biogeochemical properties and processes during the sea ice growth season. It was the first Antarctic winter expedition since the year 2006.
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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...
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Black Sea mapping expedition uncovers more than 40 shipwrecks

by Herbert - 18th October 2016
Largest expedition of this kind in Black SeaAn international expedition mapping the submerged ancient landscapes at the Bulgarian coast of the Black ...
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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 ...
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Mysterious diving accident – Interview

by Herbert - 7th October 2016
Mysterious diving accident - Interview The case: A 74-year-old diver suffered cardiac arrest at about eight metres' depth when diving in Lake Gar...