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 Sea

An international expedition mapping the submerged ancient landscapes at the Bulgarian coast of 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 y...
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 Ma...
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 are ...
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...
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 di...
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 conta...
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 inter...
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 ...
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...
Herbert

Two-thirds of zooplankton at tropical coral reefs lost to ocean acidification

by Herbert - 24th September 2016
Ocean acidification can fundamentally change the structure of the reef

Tropical coral reefs can lose up to two-thirds of their zooplankton ...
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...
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’...
Gianluca

Freediving vs. Scuba diving

by Gianluca - 20th September 2016
Freediving and scuba diving, although having the same aim of exploring the depths, mean a completely different physical and mental approach. Here ar...
Herbert

Seafloor of Red Sea formed at least 12 million years ago

by Herbert - 20th September 2016
Discovery overturns present understanding of region’s geological development

Geoscientists find the Red Sea fascinating as it represents an...
Mares

Arctic sea ice at its second-lowest ever this September

by Mares - 16th September 2016
In September 2016, the surface of the Arctic sea ice shrank to nearly 4.1 million square kilometres – the second smallest recorded area since sate...
Herbert

New Hope Spots spell new hope for the world’s oceans

by Herbert - 15th September 2016
Fourteen new oceanic Hope Spots were jointly announced last week by Mission Blue and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) at the IU...
Mares

International Coastal Cleanup Day 2016

by Mares - 14th September 2016
Volunteers to clear trash from beaches throughout Germany

On 17 September 2016, volunteers worldwide will come together to do their part f...
Gianluca

5 reasons to start freediving!

by Gianluca - 13th September 2016
Why should you get in to freediving? Here are 5 great reasons to try out this wonderful discipline! 1.  Freediving is a sport in all senses of the ...
Mares

New butterflyfish species discovered in Hawaii

by Mares - 13th September 2016
Butterflyfish found in deep coral reefs

Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of butterflyfish in the deep coral reefs ...
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...
Mares

IUCN Report: “We are making the world sick”

by Mares - 9th September 2016
Drastic changes within the marine environment

Since the 1970s, the oceans have absorbed more than 93 percent of the enhanced heating caused ...
Gianluca

Freediving Philosophy

by Gianluca - 8th September 2016
Most people who have never experienced the emotion of freediving see this discipline as a test of bravery or a demonstration of strength. In reality i...
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...
Yme

My rEvo Rebreather Course !

by Yme - 5th September 2016
I'm on the ferry gently sliding away from Bari’s dock at 10pm with a beer in hand and I feel happy and proud for the job done in Monopoli, a beaut...
Mares

Fishermen from Niendorf and Travemünde supportive of Fishing for Litter

by Mares - 5th September 2016
Schleswig-Holstein secures funding of project for another three years

Since the middle of August 2016, fishermen have been able to dispose ...
Mares

NABU Cruise Rankings 2016 : Cruise ships fall short in environmental protection

by Mares - 1st September 2016
People living in the Mediterranean will suffer as a result

Based on the NABU Cruise Rankings 2016, all European cruise ships still have a lo...
Herbert

Submerged Mediterranean port actually eight acres large

by Herbert - 30th August 2016
Site of a major fortress and port during the Roman period

It turns out that the ancient Mediterranean port of Triport in Albania, which had be...
Mares

First DAN Academy of Dive Medicine in Columbia

by Mares - 28th August 2016
The first DAN Academy of Dive Medicine in Columbia was recently held at the Navy Base A.R.C. Bolivia in Cartagena de Indias, Columbia.

Conduct...
Mares

Ocean acidification puts cod larvae in Atlantic under threat

by Mares - 27th August 2016
Population of cod has come into increasing pressure

The increased acidification of the ocean may lead to twice as many newly-hatched cod lar...
Mares

High pollution potential found in sediment

by Mares - 23rd August 2016
Plastic particles act like magnets to bind pollutants and toxins

A research team has revealed that microplastics have the ability to bind ...
Herbert

Stubby squid (Rossia pacifica) enchants scientists

by Herbert - 21st August 2016
Squid charms scientists with its googly eyes

When filming the ocean depths at about 900 metres off the Californian coast recently, American ma...
Mares

Three fishermen on trial for killing dolphins for shark bait

by Mares - 18th August 2016
Evidence against them obtained in secret

Three Peruvian fishermen were tried in court on August 16th for killing dolphins and using their ...
Peter

The Privilege of Diving

by Peter - 17th August 2016
The Privilege of Diving What was your first window to the ocean like? Through mine everything was black and white, it could speak and had no remot...
Mares

Underwater station and shark observer submersible go on a road trip

by Mares - 17th August 2016
Marine artefacts on loan to Munster for a year

Two large marine artefacts from the Stralsunder Nautineum are on their way to Munster where...
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 ...
Cat

To rEvo or not to rEvo, that is the question…..

by Cat - 12th August 2016
…..and in all honesty a question I really did not know the answer to!   If the scuba diving grapevine has worked well, you might ...
Mares

Essential seaweed species in Baltic Sea under threat

by Mares - 11th August 2016
The Baltic Sea’s biomass of bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus) may soon decline due to rising sea temperatures and the presence of increased nutrie...
Mares

Earth Overshoot Day : After 8 August 2016, humanity is in debt

by Mares - 9th August 2016
Demands on natural resources have exceeded available resources since yesterday

This year, Earth Overshoot Day fell on 8 August 2016. On tha...
Mares

Energy exchange between ocean and atmosphere influences Gulf Stream

by Mares - 6th August 2016
New finding will lead to better climate simulations

Consider the Gulf Stream as Northern Europe’s hot-water heating system.

As l...
Mares

Fishes find sanctuary

by Mares - 4th August 2016
Larger MPA established based on the movement of fishermen's favoured fish species

Beneath the waves of Palikir Pass (or P-Pass) in Micrones...
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...
Yme

A Great Adventure in Lebanon

by Yme - 2nd August 2016
I wake up at 7.30am because of the wind that’s blowing like a storm. Outside it’s raining and the temperature is around 20°C. We’re in Croati...
Mares

WWF salvages discarded ghost nets in Baltic Sea

by Mares - 1st August 2016
Divers can help by reporting location of ghost nets

It was a successful start to the campaign: A big trawl net and gillnet weighing about 1.5 ...