Arctic sea ice: negative record

by DiveSSI - 12th March 2018
The arctic ice cover was never smaller in a February than 2018The Arctic sea ice is dwindling: since satellites in the 1970s have the white cap over t...

Greenpeace expedition proves marine species worthy of protection in the Antarctic

by DiveSSI - 7th March 2018
Oscar winner Javier Bardem calls for Antarctic marine reserveUp until now unexplored parts of the Antarctic seabed harbour sensitive and thus valuable...

Plastic garbage makes corals sick

by DiveSSI - 5th March 2018
Plastics transports pathogensAn international team of scientists has found that contact with plastic waste greatly increases the likelihood of coral d...

Methane gas off Spitsbergen: climate change is innocent

by DiveSSI - 1st March 2018
New study identifies post-glacial processes as the causeFor years, methane sources on the seabed have been observed in the Arctic Sea off Spitsbergen....

Increased deoxygenation of the oceans

by DiveSSI - 28th February 2018
A new study reveals dangers, but also solutions The areas of extreme oxygen depletion are growing both in the open ocean and in coastal areas. Th...

Starting coral restoration sooner or when will it be too late…?

by diveSSI - 27th February 2018
Many of us have witnessed with our own eyes the threats coral reefs are facing today: pollution and destruction of reefs, coral bleaching, ...

WWF appeals against MSC certification of tuna fisheries

by DiveSSI - 26th February 2018
Efficient fishing method leads to massive bycatch of juvenile fish and sharksTuna is a difficult case for green consumers - too many stocks are over-e...

Deep-sea octopus: Dumbo filmed hatching

by DiveSSI - 23rd February 2018
Scientists examine a newly hatched dumbo octopusWith their big fins Dumbo octopods (Grimpoteuthis) remind of the giant ears of Disney's elephant of th...

Rising water temperatures change the habitats of lobsters

by DiveSSI - 22nd February 2018
American lobsters migrate to deeper waters and move northwardRising temperatures at the bottom of the Atlantic force American lobsters (H. americanus)...

Researchers are reconstructing the history of the sea level

by DiveSSI - 21st February 2018
Fossil coral reefs as a key to 6000 years of developmentThe sea level rises according to current forecasts between 80 and 180 centimetres by the end o...

Green turtle” in oil”

by DiveSSI - 20th February 2018
East China Sea: Oil spill from tanker "Sanchi" is spreadingThe oil spill of tanker "Sanchi" sunk in the East China Sea in mid-January 2018 continues t...

Deep-sea mining has serious consequences for marine ecosystem

by DiveSSI - 15th February 2018
Concrete measures required to protect marine environment Increasing globalization and the greater use of high-tech materials has increased the demand ...

Nanoplastics in the sea causes brain damage in fish

by DiveSSI - 14th February 2018
Smallest plastic particles in the food chainA study by the University of Lund in Sweden shows that plastic particles in the water can eventually end u...

Diving safety and rescue

by DiveSSI - 12th February 2018
Stress & Rescue. Rescue Diver. Diving Safety & Rescue. Some names of different dive organisations for their “Rescue courses” that should h...

Deafening fish in the Gulf of California

by DiveSSI - 12th January 2018
The mating call of this fish of the Sciaenidae family is louder than an aircraft taking off Researchers in the Gulf of California have measured the...

Mission to save river dolphins in Amazon

by DiveSSI - 9th December 2017
WWF expedition equips river dolphins with trackers for the first time The river dolphins of the Amazon are extremely rare and are among the least s...

Methane as basic food: Special ecosystem discovered in Mexico’s water caves

by DiveSSI - 2nd December 2017
Methane forms foundation of the food chain in caves of Yucatan In subterranean rivers and caves on the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, scientists have...

Freediving: apnea and meditation

by DiveSSI - 22nd November 2017
What's so cool about holding your breath? My name is Nik Linder. I was a co-owner of a big dive shop in Freiburg. Judging by appearances, it may ap...

Freediving allows divers to be one with the sea

by DiveSSI - 3rd November 2017
Euro-Divers to offer freediving from 2018 Divers can enter the water either in full gear or without any gear, and be armed with just a single breat...

The end of a diving instructor’s career

by DiveSSI - 27th October 2017
A severe diving accident - but why? In September 2015, the German diving instructor Matthias U. was on a diving vacation in Safaga in the Red Sea. ...

Malta/Gozo: Photographic Competition

by DiveSSI - 24th October 2017
The Blue Dolphin of Malta Underwater Photographic Competition, first held in 1987 will be organised for its 12th Edition in Gozo on the 09-11th Novemb...

Newly-described “parasol” sponges graceful but deadly

by DiveSSI - 21st October 2017
Deep-sea sponges feed on small crustaceans When most people think of sponges, they think of those in the kitchen sink or perhaps graceful barrel sp...

Study identifies microbiome in whale blow

by DiveSSI - 20th October 2017
Drones used in collection of samples A research group, together with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has used drones to successfully...

Go on an Ocean Odyssey at New York’s Times Square

by DiveSSI - 12th October 2017
Take a dip into a huge aquarium without any water Last weekend, New York welcomed a new sensation. National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey is th...

Diving with risk

by DiveSSI - 5th October 2017
Kuredu Island in the north of Lhaviyani Atoll (Maldives), well known for its beautiful diving spots. The island is 150 km away from Male Airport and c...

Countering the jellyfish threat

by DiveSSI - 4th October 2017
European project focuses on finding innovative uses of jellyfish Global climate change and human impact on marine ecosystems have resulted in a dec...

Ice-free Arctic: Increased shipping carries incalculable environmental risks

by DiveSSI - 29th September 2017
Heavy oil ban in arctic waters is the only effective measure for the protection of the environment In view of the recently documented reduction of ic...

The Solomon Islands – Special Places II

by DiveSSI - 20th September 2017
The Solomon Islands have the credentials of an absolutely first class dive destination and are only a 3-hour direct flight from Brisbane; yet they rem...

The Solomon Islands – Special Places I

by DiveSSI - 19th September 2017
The Solomon Islands have the credentials of an absolutely first class dive destination and are only a 3-hour direct flight from Brisbane; yet they r...

The Solomon Islands

by DiveSSI - 18th September 2017
Mirror-calm waters, no current and only two metres of depth, yet I am anxious and every natural instinct wants me to get out of the water. The source ...

Deep inside the Gem

by DiveSSI - 14th September 2017
Diving the Slovak Opal Mines The precious opal was discovered in the middle Ages and its name comes from the ancient Indian word "Upala" which mean...

Collapsed Azure Window: A new dive site is born

by DiveSSI - 6th September 2017
One of the hottest dive sites in the Mediterranean On 8 March 2017, just before 10am, the Gozo’s world-famous landmark, the Azure Window, collaps...

Ban on European eel fishing in Baltic Sea proposed

by DiveSSI - 1st September 2017
EU Commission is first to include eel in catch quotas The European eel is fighting for survival. In the last 30 years, its population has dropped b...

The SSI Freediving Instructor course: So many great reasons to take part!

by Carlo - 31st August 2017
SSI Freediving Instructor courses are a real step towards the professional world of teaching freediving. A moment of growth and discussion between pro...

MSC label for “dolphin deadly” tuna

by DiveSSI - 28th August 2017
Mexico’s tuna industry ignores dolphin deaths The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel stands for sustainable fishing. However, the award wa...

Fever in the tropics

by DiveSSI - 16th August 2017
An unpleasant and dangerous companion In October 2016, Susanne and her boyfriend Heiko travelled to Indonesia and the Philippines for three months ...


by DiveSSI - 11th August 2017
Legend has it that when Christopher Columbus returned to Spain from the New World, he was asked to describe the island of Dominica. His response was t...

St Vincent

by DiveSSI - 9th August 2017
An intimate knowledge and genuine enthusiasm for marine life are attributes that define some of the best dive guides. Such qualities enable them to tu...

St Lucia

by DiveSSI - 3rd August 2017
European divers have been spoilt on the Red Sea and the Maldives. Although the Caribbean is a younger tropical location, there are things here that yo...

Giant sunfish species eludes discovery for centuries

by DiveSSI - 2nd August 2017
International team discovers new sunfish species An elusive new species of ocean sunfish has been discovered by an international team of researcher...

Nationwide smoking ban in Philippines enforced

by DiveSSI - 28th July 2017
Philippines president bans smoking in public, offenders face jail timeIt’s common knowledge that smoking is not a healthy habit. And for divers, the...

Effects of climate change in Arctic driven by seasonality of sea ice

by DiveSSI - 25th July 2017
Dramatic changes to take place prematurely within next decade At the Arctic Ocean, the sea ice cover shrinks, with the most ice loss observed during ...

Exposure to oil impairs behaviour of reef fish

by DiveSSI - 20th July 2017
Oil makes fish "drunk" A new study has found that petroleum-based oil in seawater – even in small quantities – leads to risky behaviour in reef...

Diving – a matter of the heart?!

by DiveSSI - 19th July 2017
In March 2016, 55-year-old Stefan R. (who lives in southwestern Germany near Mannheim) and his wife go on a journey to Java in Indonesia. The couple w...

Travel law: If the airline goes out of business

by DiveSSI - 17th July 2017
Tips for airline passengers and those going on package holidays What can you do if the airline you have bought tickets from files for bankruptcy? C...

Wreckdiving: The Salsette

by DiveSSI - 13th July 2017
A Fallen Champion One of the busiest shipping zones in the world, the English Channel, is littered with hundreds upon hundreds of wrecks.  The f...

Evidence for subglacial lakes

by DiveSSI - 12th July 2017
Glacial retreat accelerated due to Meltwater lakes under the Antarctic Ice Sheet The ice in the Antarctic was far thicker and extended further offs...

12 top tips for perfect buoyancy!

by DiveSSI - 1st July 2017
Diving skills for beginner and advanced divers EXERCISES FOR EVERYONE After learning the basics, buoyancy control and trim will be integral in t...