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...
Mares

Mysterious mass oyster die-off solved

by Mares - 2nd January 2017
In 2011, there was a mass die-off of wild Olympia oysters in north San Francisco Bay, the cause of which remained a mystery for a long time. But not...
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

Map of seafloor shows new details about 2015 eruption at Axial Seamount

by Mares - 29th December 2016
The Axial Seamount, an underwater volcano about 470 kilometres off the Oregon coast, is one of the world's most active volcanoes and one of the most...
Mares

How baby reef fish find their way home at night

by Mares - 24th December 2016
Scientists have discovered that baby reef fish possess an internal magnetic compass that helps them find their way home at night. Publishing their...
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 miningFor deep-sea octopuses, manganese nodules on the seabed are an important breeding ...
Herbert

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...
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

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

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...
Mares

It’s not just a harmless plastic bottle

by Mares - 8th December 2016
What happens with the trash? What happens to a piece of trash that's discarded into the ocean? Well, if it is not eaten by marine animals or seabi...
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. To fi...
Franco and Sabrina

What happened on the 12th of September 1944 between the Italian and Balkan battlefronts?

by Franco and Sabrina - 2nd December 2016
A few weeks ago I reached a special expedition of professional divers and technicians with the aim of photographing and documenting the unbelievable...
Mares

The Mares Christmas Calendar Competition

by Mares - 1st December 2016
Head over to Mares' Facebook page from the 1st - 24th December to win some great Mares diving prizes!Once again the annual giveaway has returned, givi...
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

Tracing how the relationship between corals and algae began

by Mares - 26th November 2016
How corals met algae: Tracing how their symbiotic relationship startedThe symbiotic relationship between algae and modern corals began more than 210 ...
Mares

Plastik-Peter warns about threats of plastic trash in oceans

by Mares - 22nd November 2016
New short film is part of efforts of Science Year 2016*2017With the “Plastik-Peter” cinema short film as part of Science Year 2016*2017 – Seas ...
Gianluca

A goodbye to Enzo Maiorca from Gianluca Genoni

by Gianluca - 21st November 2016
Dear Enzo, As you well know, under certain circumstances I don’t particularly like to say anything, it’s too easy to fall in to rhetoric or the...
Mares

Researchers search for Earth’s oldest ice

by Mares - 21st November 2016
Ice cores show glimpse of composition of atmosphere in the pastIn Antarctic, ice and climate scientists from 14 institutions in ten European countrie...
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

Different coral communities differ in their ability to adapt to new environments

by Mares - 17th November 2016
For the first time, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have observed separate populations of corals diverging in their capacity to regu...
Herbert

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 ...
Mares

Greenpeace gathers 24,000 signatures against oil drilling in national park

by Mares - 12th November 2016
High price for just a little oil Last week, Greenpeace activists handed over 24,000 signed postcards to Dr Robert Habeck, Minister of Energy, Agri...
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

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...
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...
Florent M. Locatelli

Unterseeboot U455 – Ligurian Wrecks (Part I)

by Florent M. Locatelli - 4th November 2016
Early in the morning, the 300 horsepower engine of the 8m superfast inflatable boat flies us over a mirror-like sea towards the wreck’s position. ...
Mares

Great Barrier Reef continues to be under threat from coral bleaching

by Mares - 4th November 2016
Scientists publish interactive map Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University are surveying the ...
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

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...
Gianluca

Blue Holes – the freediver’s paradise

by Gianluca - 25th October 2016
Blue holes are chasms which fall into deep abysses, some of which are very close to the coast, and they represent a true paradise for freedivers fro...
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...
Herbert

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 ...
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...
Mares

Announcement: Check out Mares’ brand new website!

by Mares - 14th October 2016
Following the creation of our blog, we are excited to announce the creation of Mares’ new website! Take a look here! The new website groups to...
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 ...
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...
Mares

Shark nets along South African coast threaten rare dolphins

by Mares - 7th October 2016
Negative effect on biodiversity Along the coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, many dolphins die in gillnets set up to protect swimmers and sur...
Herbert

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...
Mares

Greenpeace reports on research on microplastics in seafood

by Mares - 6th October 2016
Microplastics can accumulate in the food chain “In the environment, microplastics act like a foreign body with toxins. It contains contaminants ...
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...
Herbert

One hundred years after WWI ships’ sinking in port of Kea

by Herbert - 1st October 2016
Memorial service and conference commemorates 100th Anniversary The municipality of Kea and the Friends of Kea Society organised an international...
Mares

Environmental factors, not just climate change, can also affect isotopic composition of corals

by Mares - 28th September 2016
Important details found in calcium carbonate skeletons of corals The calcium carbonate skeletons of corals retain important details about their en...
Mares

Photo exhibition on ocean acidification opens at GEOMAR

by Mares - 27th September 2016
A new photo exhibition by two nature photographers centres on the organisms on which climate change research is currently focused on. From the Arc...