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The not so silent world

by Mares - 27th May 2016
There is no doubt Jacques would be jealous. Sure, he had pristine reefs and healthier fish populations but the guy was swimming around with a flare ...
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How to scuba dive – without getting wet!

by Mares - 23rd May 2016
Diving allows us to observe the vast diversity of marine life in our oceans, and gives us the privilege of exploring beautiful coral reefs, colourful...
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This year’s decline of Arctic sea ice may be as bad as the record low of 2012

by Mares - 19th May 2016
At the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), sea ice physicists have predicted that the sea ice cover in t...
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Coral bleaching makes fish easy prey

by Mares - 17th May 2016
The current spate of coral bleaching in Australian waters is preventing baby common damselfish from learning how to identify which fish species are ...
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Sewage disposal into Baltic Sea banned from 2019 onwards

by Mares - 4th May 2016
The Baltic Sea can breathe easy in the future. From 2019 onwards, cruise ships and passenger ferries are no longer permitted to discharge untreated ...
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Proportion of unicellular plankton much higher than previously thought

by Mares - 29th April 2016
Unicellular planktonic organisms play a more important role in the marine ecosystem than previously thought. This was the conclusion drawn by marine...
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Taking the plunge with diabetes – How not to let diabetes affect your diving

by Mares - 28th April 2016
Being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes doesn't have to mean the end of your diving activities. One can still dive safely with this condition, but it i...
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International shipping routes and invasive species: What’s next?

by Mares - 26th April 2016
Scientists from Oldenburg and Frankfurt have modelled how the global shipping routes leads to the spread of invasive plant and animal species. Accor...
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Reef sharks prefer bite-sized meals

by Mares - 22nd April 2016
Many of us have the impression that sharks have a large appetite. However, a new study proves otherwise, indicating that most coral reef sharks tend...
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Coral reefs can condition themselves against coral bleaching

by Mares - 19th April 2016
The Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing coral bleaching on an unprecedented scale, and scientists have voiced much concern about this. Howe...
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Baby sharks defy ocean acidification

by Mares - 15th April 2016
Some baby sharks are able to cope with the level of ocean acidification predicted for the end of this century, according to a recently published Aus...
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Scientists find thousands of red crabs “swarming like insects”

by Mares - 14th April 2016
Off the Pacific coast of Panama, researchers studying biodiversity at the Hannibal Bank Seamount got more than they bargained for. From within the D...
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New study shows relationship between fisheries harvest and reef resilience

by Mares - 13th April 2016
To better protect the coral reefs of the Caribbean, tighter fishery regulations are needed to offset the mounting pressures they face from global wa...
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Straits of Gibraltar no deterrent to breeding eels

by Mares - 12th April 2016
Researchers, including one from the Technical University of Denmark, have proven for the first time that eels from the Mediterranean Sea do have a p...
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Researchers use new method to date lava flows

by Mares - 11th April 2016
To better understand the formation of the Earth's crust, scientists at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel have used new technology ...
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Wadden Sea National Park under threat from Russian oil drilling company

by Mares - 4th April 2016
Greenpeace activists recently staged a demonstration against Russian oil company DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG (DEA), which has plans to start oil drilling...
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Severe coral bleaching hits Great Barrier Reef

by Mares - 30th March 2016
Some recent surveys have shown how the rising temperature of the seawater has led to severe coral bleaching at Australia's Great Barrier Reef. As a...
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Tsunami risk at Mount Etna? Scientists install geodetic network at the foot of Europe’s largest volcano

by Mares - 29th March 2016
Measurements taken by satellites indicate that the eastern flank of Mount Etna is slowly sliding into the Ionian Sea. However, these measurements on...
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Researchers compile 3-D map of hydrothermal field in Pacific

by Mares - 23rd March 2016
Using the latest 3-D camera technology, scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is investigating a hydrothermal vent field at...
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New Sea Shepherd campaign launched

by Mares - 21st March 2016
Sea Shepherd has launched a campaign called Operation Driftnet focusing on the illegal and destructive method of driftnet fishing in the Indian Ocea...
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Environment groups call for more effective marine protection

by Mares - 18th March 2016
German environmental organisations have called for a more effective level of marine protection in the North and Baltic Sea by Federal Minister of Fo...
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Ocean acidification slows down coral reef growth

by Mares - 17th March 2016
By manipulating the seawater chemistry of a reef to study how excess carbon dioxide caused by human activity affects coral reefs, a team of scientis...
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GRD: Seen any harbour porpoises lately?

by Mares - 11th March 2016
As in previous years, the GRD (Society for Dolphin Conservation) is appealing to the public to report any sightings of harbour porpoises (Phocoena p...
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Diver sucked into the intake pipe of a nuclear plant

by Mares - 9th March 2016
A family outing took a bizarre turn for the worse when scuba diver Christopher Le Cun found himself sucked into the intake pipe of a nuclear plant. ...
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Book launch at Maritime Museum shines light on first German deep-sea expedition

by Mares - 7th March 2016
Zoologist Carl Chun from Leipzig was fascinated by the possibilities within the deep sea. In a speech to the German Association of Natural Scientist...
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Sharks and rays under threat from overfishing and poor fisheries management

by Mares - 3rd March 2016
A high demand for shark fins from Asian countries has been considered to be a major cause of the overfishing of sharks. However, recent findings hav...
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Defining research priorities for the Arctic

by Mares - 29th February 2016
The major international Arctic research organisations, with the involvement of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic, have come up with a set of comm...
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High concentrations of gold found in Iceland’s geothermal systems

by Mares - 25th February 2016
On Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula, marine scientists found themselves prospecting for gold when they discovered very high concentrations of gold in t...
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Tourism in Sinai badly affected by recession – More than 50 dive centres have ceased operations

by Mares - 23rd February 2016
The dive industry in Sinai has been hard hit by the current recession in the tourism sector, and more than 50 dive centres have ceased operations as...
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New European satellite to monitor the oceans and environment

by Mares - 19th February 2016
Carrying four Earth-observation instruments on board, a satellite lifted off on Tuesday on its mission to bring us a more comprehensive picture of o...
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Humboldt penguins and dolphins in Chile at risk

by Mares - 17th February 2016
In northern Chile at La Higuera, near the island of Chañaral, there is a marine sanctuary where about 80 percent of the world's wild population of ...
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Researchers measure decomposition in polyethylene and biodegradable bags

by Mares - 15th February 2016
Plastic waste is now found in practically every part of the world, from the Antarctic coasts to the ocean depths. Faced with this dire fact of moder...
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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 ...
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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...
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Researchers measure platelet ice beneath Antarctic sea ice

by Mares - 8th February 2016
For the first time, sea ice physicists at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) have developed a new method of efficiently measuring the distribution a...
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Genome of eelgrass mapped for the first time

by Mares - 4th February 2016
The genome of eelgrass (Zostera marina) has been mapped out by scientists after eight years of extensive research. It is the first marine flowerin...
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Gliders collect data on new eddy off Peruvian coast

by Mares - 30th January 2016
In January and February 2013, a subsurface anticyclonic eddy formed in the Peru-Chile Undercurrent, allowing researchers to document the creation of...
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World’s Ten Best Ethical Destinations named

by Mares - 26th January 2016
Ten countries have been named as The World's Ten Best Ethical Destinations for 2016 by Ethical Traveler, a nonprofit project of the Earth Island Ins...
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Banding Together for Water Conservation

by Mares - 22nd January 2016
Trash in the ocean affects everyone. This is the message that some organisations intend to publicise at the upcoming BOOT in Dusseldorf, from 23 to ...
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Melosira Arctica named algae species of 2016

by Mares - 19th January 2016
Researchers have named the Melosira arctica, one of the major algae species in the Arctic Ocean, as Algae of the Year. “None of us can foresee wh...
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Love in the moonlight: The bumphead parrotfish mass aggregation at Palau’s Rock Islands

by Mares - 15th January 2016
The green humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) is one of the diver's favourite fishes. A school of more than 50 of these fishes swimming by ...
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Ocean Symposium at BOOT 2016

by Mares - 13th January 2016
Exactly 25 years ago, the research and media vessel Aldebaran emerged as a new and independent initiative to give the oceans a voice. With the found...
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Eurasian water shrew is Switzerland’s Animal of 2016

by Mares - 8th January 2016
A water shrew that hunts underwater has been named Animal of 2016 by Swiss environmental organisation Pro Natura. The Eurasian water shrew (Neomys f...
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Invasive seaweed develops stronger defences

by Mares - 4th January 2016
A higher level of defence has been found within an invasive strain of seaweed from Asia that has translocated to North America and Europe. Should th...
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WWF calls for stricter import controls to combat illegal fishing

by Mares - 16th December 2015
The amount of fishing that actually takes place is actually being under-reported; so much so that about a fifth of the fish stocks worldwide comes f...
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Plastic waste threatens lives of seabirds in Helgoland

by Mares - 11th December 2015
Pilot study initiated to gather more information High on the cliffs of Helgoland, a small German archipelago in the North Sea, environmental activi...
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Arctic sea ice plays essential role in methane cycle

by Mares - 8th December 2015
Study uncovers link between seasonal melting of sea ice and release of methane gas The ice-covered Arctic Ocean plays a more important role in det...
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Italian navy divers seal off wreck

by Mares - 4th December 2015
Explosives inside wreck stolen by local Mafia syndicate A ship which had over the years become a source of explosives for criminals has been sealed...