Greenpeace will explore previously barely known regions in the Antarctic Weddell Sea in the coming weeks, travelling with the expedition ship Arctic Sunrise. Under the guidance of Antarctic researcher Dr. Ing., Susanne J. Lockhart will arrive at the ship in the northern Weddell Sea in the course of the week. Lockhart is accompanied by the German Greenpeace marine expert Sandra Schöttner.
Cave divers have discovered and explored a 216 miles (347 kilometer) underwater cave system on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is probably the longest underwater cave system in the world.
For the second time in a row, the Maltese Islands have been voted the second best dive destination in the world at the prestigious Diver Awards. This makes Malta the number one dive destination in Europe.
The multiple Swiss freediving champion and world record holder Peter Colat returned to Carinthia's Weissensee in Austria last weekend with a 15-strong team and a new “breath-taking” project. His objective: to break three world records in freediving – all of them under the ice, in the 2-degree Celsius waters of the Weissensee.
After each dive the diver logs his dive profile as well as the seen fishes in the logbook. This is often very time consuming if you do not know what fish characteristics to look for. With dive stickers, the stick-on fish pictures, the dives from the last holidays becomes unforgettable
Researchers in the Gulf of California have measured the volume of a particular species of fish: their calls are louder than an airplane taking off. Their deafening calls can damage the hearing of other marine creatures.
Shells have a hard, calcareous shell to protect themselves against environmental hazards and enemies. Increased acidification in the ocean makes it increasingly difficult for organisms to form their shells. Researchers from the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU) and GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel have recently published a paper in the journal Nature Communications describing their discovery that mussel larvae are sensitive to ocean acidification, which leads to reduced calcification rates and shell dissolution.
Icy temperatures in the north and northeast of the USA of up to minus 40 degrees Celsius around the turn of the year not only make life difficult for people, marine creatures also suffer. Now, several frozen sharks have washed ashore in the state of Massachusetts.
Squid are marine creatures with fascinating biological properties. Some species can produce light, while others are very fast swimmers. They have extraordinary eyesight and live everywhere – from shallow reefs to the deep sea. However, the knowledge about their way of life and their role in the ocean system remains very fragmented. Now, two new studies show the importance of the squid as predators and "carbon transporters".
A crocodile lizard, a snail-eating turtle, and a bat that looks like a character from a Star Wars movie – these are just three of the 115 species discovered in the Mekong region of Asia last year. The WWF report "Stranger Species" showcases the result of the work of hundreds of scientists from all over the world.