Zaha Hadid’s Architects New Port House in Belgium

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The new Port House in Antwerp, by Zaha Hadid’s architects, repurposes, renovates and extends a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port, bringing together the port’s 500 staff, that previously worked in separate buildings around the city.

The building in Antwerp, of 20.800 sq.m., includes, 12.800 sq.m. above ground (6.600 sq.m. in the refurbished fire station, 6.200 sq.m. in the new extension), 8.000 sq.m. underground parking station.


photo: Thomas Mayer


Ολοκληρωμένο το 2016, to έργο αυτό της Ζάχα Χαντίντ και του γραφείου της, για τις διοικητικές υπηρεσίες του λιμένος της Αμβέρσας, στο Βέλγιο, αναθεώρησε τη χρήση του προϋπάρχοντος κτιρίου, που στέγαζε την Πυροσβεστική Υπηρεσία, με την προσθήκη μιας νέας κατασκευής, σχεδόν… καρφωμένης στην παλαιότερη, που ως σύνολο θα φιλοξενεί τις μέχρι πρότινος διάσπαρτες λιμενικές αρχές.

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Zaha Hadid Architects, the new Port House during twilight in Antwerp, Belgium

Η κατασκευαστική προσθήκη μοιάζει να αιωρείται, δίνοντας την εντύπωση πως αποτελεί και η ίδια πλοίο. Κάτι που, επίσης, συμβαίνει και με τον σιδηροδρομικό σταθμό της Νάπολης, στην Ιταλία, που θυμίζει βαγόνι, με τους διαδρόμους και τα κουπέ, τις άνετες θέσεις και τα παράθυρά του, όπως το σχεδίασε και υλοποίησε το γραφείο της Ζάχα Χαντίντ και πάλι, παραδίδοντάς το πέρυσι



African King from Ivory Coast Baptized into an Orthodox in Mount Athos!

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Tchiffi Zae Jean Gervais, one of the African King’s of the Krou chieftains, from the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire), was baptized on 07/06/18 in Mount Athos, being accepted into the Orthodox Church by the name David.

The African King was baptized by the Orthodox monk (and priest) Dionysios, at the Holy Monastic Republic of Mount Athos. The Baptism took place in the Koutloumousiou Monastery of The Holy Mountain.


King Tchiffi Zie Jean Gervais serves as the Permanent Secretary General of the Forum of Kings, Princes, Sheiks and Traditional Leaders of Africa, which was established in August 2008 in Benghazi, Libya, and is headquartered in Sirte, Libya.


He is also Prime Chancellor of the United Kingdoms of Africa, a “non-political, social development advocacy platform which functions in support of Presidency and National Government, institutions and peoples to support the National Development Plans.


Many years to the “reborn” David!

The Koutloumousiou Monastery is an Eastern Orthodoxmonastery in the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece. The monastery ranks sixth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries.


The monastery was raised with the help of voivodes Nicolae Alexandru and Vladislav Vlaicu.

Among the treasures of the monastery is the purported largest relic of the True Cross.

The monastery’s library contains 662 manuscripts and approximately 3,500 printed books.

It has 20 working monks.

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Ο φυλετικός βασιλιάς της Ακτής Ελεφαντοστού, βαπτίστηκε στην Ιερά Μονή Κουτλουμουσίου στο Άγιο Όρος, από τον ιερομόναχο Διονύσιο.

Ένας από τους Αφρικανούς βασιλιάδες από την Ακτή του Ελεφαντοστού (φυλετικός βασιλιάς Tchiffi Zae Jean Gervais από τους οπλαρχηγούς Krou στην Ακτή του Ελεφαντοστού) εντάχθηκε στην Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία με το όνομα Δαυίδ, την Πέμπτη, 7 Ιουνίου 2018.

Ο βασιλιάς Tchiffi Zie Jean Gervais υπηρετεί ως Γενικός Γραμματέας του Φόρουμ των Βασιλέων, των Πριγκίπων και των Παραδοσιακών ηγετών της Αφρικής, που ιδρύθηκε τον Αύγουστο του 2008 στη Βεγγάζη της Λιβύης και έχει την έδρα του στη Σίρτη της Λιβύης.

Είναι επίσης επικεφαλής των Ηνωμένων Βασιλείων της Αφρικής, μιας «μη πολιτικής πλατφόρμας κοινωνικής ανάπτυξης που υποστηρίζει την Προεδρία και την Εθνική Κυβέρνηση, τους θεσμούς και τους λαούς για να υποστηρίξουν τα Εθνικά Σχέδια Ανάπτυξης»

Sources + photos:,, wikipedia, Google


How to Spot a Good Real Estate Agent

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A good real estate agent should be communicative and proactive, a good listener and experienced professional with a list of satisfied clients!

Finding a good real estate agent isn’t always the easiest thing, and knowing what to look for can make a world of difference.

So what characteristics should you have in mind in order to spot a real estate agent that’s right for you?

1 As the adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so it is essential to actually visit a real estate agent’s office. Emails and calls are great, but don’t assign your property to an agent before you’ve met them in person and visited their office. That first impression—the presentation of the agent and the office—should leave you feeling confident that you’re dealing with professional who respect themselves, their place of work, and their clients appropriately.

2 Communication is the most crucial factor in any transaction. Make sure from the get-go that your real estate agent is able to communicate well with you, that they are both pleasant and effective. You want to be sure that they’ll be able to communicate well with you throughout the process and that they’ll also be able to communicate well with potential buyers or owners of properties for sale as well. After all, when the time comes, they’ll also have to communicate effectively with any lawyers, engineers and notaries involved in completing the transaction. Make sure that they can communicate ideas clearly and in simple terms and that they’re able to provide answers and suggest solutions without fuss.

3 A good real estate agent should be proactive about staying in touch and keeping you updated at every step of the way— and they should do the same with potential buyers and sellers. Even the smallest detail could prove to be a decisive factor for a successful transaction, so be wary of agents that don’t seem too motivated to maintain good contact.

4 Make sure that the real estate agent actively listens to you and understands your needs. They should have enough to the-point questions to make sure they’re on the same page as you, and they should be able to give their professional opinion without pushing you in any direction.

5 Experience is another key factor that can make or break a transaction. What seems trivial to a new real estate agent could be just the detail that makes all the difference to an experienced agent.

6 Look for an agent who is well informed and up-to-date with trends and developments in the market you’re in. You want to work with someone who’s actively keeping an ear to the ground and always on the lookout for new leads and clients.

7 Ask for references. A good real estate agent should be able to immediately provide you with at least ten clients—from the previous 3 to 6 months—willing to provide positive references. Satisfied clients are the best indication that you’re dealing with a competent professional. To sum up, a good real estate agent should be communicative and proactive, a good listener and experienced professional with a list of satisfied clients.


Symi Greek “sokaki” best in the world!

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  1. First among the 20 best and most magnificent “sokakia” (alleys) in the world, comes the astouding”sokaki”, in Symi, Greece, (photo above), as it is shown in major articles of big tourists sites, this season. 4th comes another Greek sokaki in Zagorohoria, Epirus, and 8th comes another Greek sokaki in Molyvos, Lesvos.

4th (among the 20 best enticing sokakia in the world), is in Zagorohoria/Zagori/Zagoria, a rather secret region, but very well known to Greeks. The area is famous for its beautiful rivers, picturesque villages, and breathtaking views of nature at its best!


8th (among the 20 best), is the alley (sokaki) in Mithymna/Methymna, or Molyvos, is a town on the island of Lesbos, North Aegean, Greece. Before 1919, its official name was Molyvos; that name dates back to the end of the Byzantine era, but is still in common use today.


2nd: Kinsale, Ireland. 

Kinsale meaning:”Tide Head”, is a historic port and fishing town in County Cork, Ireland.


3rd: Valencia, Spain.

Valencia, on the east coast of Spain, is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third-largest city in Spain,  after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants.


5th: Paris, France

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6th: The city of Cartagena, known in the colonial era as Cartagena de Indias is a major port founded in 1533, located on the northern coast of Colombia in the Carriben Coast Region. Economic activities include the maritime and petrochemicals industries, as well as tourism.  In 1984, Cartagena’s colonial walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


7th: Frigiliana is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Analusia in southern Spain.


9th: Visby, Sweden. Visby is a locality and the seat of Gotland Municipality in Gotland County, on the island of Gotland, Sweden with 24,330 inhabitants, as of 2017The Hanseatic city of Visby is a best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and since 1995, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.


10th: Boston, USA. Boston is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the USA. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 685,094 in 2017, making it also the most populous city in the New England region. The Boston area’s many colleges and universities make it an international center of higher education, including law, medicine, engineering, and business, and the city is considered to be a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, with nearly 2,000 start-ups.


11th: Orvieto, Italy. Orvieto is a city and comune in the Province of Terni, southwestern Umbria, Italy, situated on the flat summit of a large hill with steep sides, and a relatively flat top of volcanic  rock made of volcanic ash ejected from a vent during a volcanic eruption. The city rises dramatically above the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone called Tufa.

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12th: Bonn, Germany. The Federal City of Bonn is a city on the banks of the Rhine, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with a population of over 300,000. About 24 km (15 mi) south-southeast of Cplogne.


13th: San Francisco, USA, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. San Francisco is the 4th most populous city in California and the 13th most populous in the United States. As of 2016, it was the 7th highest-income county in the United States, with a per capita personal income of $110,418.

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14th: Giverny, France. Giverny is a commune in the Eure department in northern France. It is best known as the location of Claude Monet’s garden and home.


15th: Venice, Italy. Venice  is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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16th: Kundu, Turkey

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17th: Alberobello, (a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. It has 10 735 inhabitants and is famous for its unique “trullo” buildings. The “trulli” of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.


18th: Eguisheim, a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France. Eguisheim produces Alsace wine of high quality. In May 2013 it was voted the «Village préféré des Français» (Favorite French Village), an annual distinction that passes from town to town throughout France.

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19th: Jerez de la Frontera or simply Jerez is (a Spanish city and municipality in the province of Cádiz in the autonomous community of Andalusia, in southwestern Spain, located midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cádiz Mountains).


20th: Antibes – France, (A Mediterranean resort in the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France, on the Côte d’Azur between Cannes and Nice).



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The seas of “stars”…in the world!

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photo: Shimmering Blue Shoreline of Vaadhoo Island (Google)

Have the stars come down on shore?


Is it real or a fantasy land?

We can really swim in a sea of stars…a magical surprise in the Vaadhoo island, one of the islands of Raa Atoll in the Maldives, similarly, on the islands of Mudhdhoo and Rangali, Lakshadweep Islands in India, Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and on the coast of Leucadia in California!

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photo: Vaadhoo island, one of the inhabited islands of Raa Atoll in the Maldives, a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. (Google).

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The above photo, (daily,  by Jervis Bay Australia, local Joanne Paquette has attracted the attention of one of the world’s most respected science and nature societies in the world.

As night falls on certain beaches around the world, the waves glow with an eerie blue light, neon dots that make it look as though stars are washing up the beach.


In Mexico there are beaches and lagoons that feature the natural “magic” phenomena known as bioluminescence, which are flashes of thousands of microorganisms (

It’s the microscopic organism called noctiluca and it is also known as the sea sparkle .It is one of the marvels of the ocean, the glowing is due bioluminescence, which takes place when the water is disturbed by oxygen.


photo: Puerto Rico (Google). Bioluminescent bays exist very few in the world, in Puerto Rico, there are three.

As the phytoplankton float, movement in the water sends electrical impulses around a proton-filled compartment inside them; electrical pulses open the voltage-sensitive proton ion channels into scintillons (the flashing unit inside them.) The pH in the cytoplasm changes, creating a series of chemical reactions, which activate a protein called luciferase. When luciferase is mixed with oxygen, the neon blue light is created.


The “sea of stars“, is actually consisted by millions of microscopic organisms called bioluminescent phytoplankton.


Some of the most spectacular photographs have been captured from one location, Vaadhoo island, (a tiny island with just over 500 inhabitants), Maldives, which has been nick named the sea of stars.

Bizarre bioluminescence off a San Diego beach

photo: San Diego beach (Google).

Vaadhoo island is famous for the ‘sea of stars.’ This marine bioluminescence is generated by phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. Woodland Hastings of Harvard University has for the first time identified a special channel in the dinoflagellate cell membrane that responds to electrical signals—offering a potential mechanism for how the algae create their unique illumination.


photo: One of three bioluminescent bays, or bio bays, in Puerto Rico, is located at La Parguera, off Lajas, (Dream’s Hotels Puerto Rico).

Source: Youtube,, National Geographic




Keukenhof: The 2nd largest Garden in the World

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Keukenhof, situated in Lisse, South Holland, the Netherlands, (also known as the Garden of Europe), is the 2nd largest Botanical Garden in the world, following Dubai Miracle Garden.

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photos: A view of the flower fields in bloom.

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It is located in an area called the “Dune and Bulb Region” ( Duin- en Bollenstreek).


photo: A colorful tulip garden.


Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May.


The best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather.


It is the largest garden of  Europe.

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Keukenhof’s  area is 32 hectares, (79 acres).

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It is open for 8 weeks a year.

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This tulip garden outside of Amsterdam blooms all spring long.



Keunhof Garden is a world’s renowed showcase of tulips.

Sources: Youtube, wikipedia,

Photos:wikipedia, Google


A Flower Garden in the Desert of Dubai!

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A flower garden in the desert? Yes…In Dubai, of course!

The most impressive thing about the garden is that the whole operation is fed via recycled wastewater.

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photo: Stephen Allan

Opened on Valentine’s Day 2013, the Dubai Miracle Garden, consisting of 150.000.000 individual flowers, is the world leader when we talk about enormous flower gardens!

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The park currently includes at least 45 different species of flower imported from around the globe, many of which are difficult to cultivate in the desert and rarely seen in the Middle East, such as geraniums, marigolds, calendulas, and petunias.


The Dubai Miracle Garden also holds the current Guiness record for largest flower arrangement. That award was bestowed in December 2016 for a floral structure in the shape of an Airbus A380 that’s 230 feet long (measures 72.95 m (233 ft 4 in) x 78.34 m (257 ft) x 21.98 m (72 ft 1 in), and includes more than 500.000 fresh flowers and plants, constructed over a frame built from recycled materials.


The complex, (about 2 million square feet) includes retail stores, a mosque, a floral clock, and tha latest attraction, the region’s first butterfly circular garden, depicting nine domes covering 1,800 square metres and it has a capacity for 300 people.


The climate-controlled domes, which can be open year round, are decorated with flower displays and are home to a range of thousands brightly colored butterflies in various sizes and species, just off Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

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As well as the garden there is also a butterfly museum and a butterfly flower park built around a theme linked to the creature.


Dubai’s Flower Garden also has a medicinal plant section and a fruits-and-veggies section. Guests are able to make their own salads and teas from the plants, with designated seating areas set up for this purpose.

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The idea is to educate guests on healthy, unprocessed, plant-based diets, as well as “mindful eating”—knowing what’s in your food and where the ingredients came from.



The Archaeological Museum of Thebes

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photos: Almablog

The Archaeological Museum of Thebes is one of the most important museums of Greece since some of its collections are rare or unique.


The exhibits originate from excavations all around Boeotia and cover a long chronological period spanning from the Palaeolithic to the Post Byzantine periods.


Thebes, in ancient Greek “Θῆβαι”, is a Boeotian city, one of the oldest of Greece and among the few existing cities build before the Great Flood.


According to myth, it is built by Cadmus, bearing great mythological importance.


The general Epaminondas who made Thebes the ruling city of Greece, is among the most notable Thebans, as well as Pelopidas, the renowned leader of the Sacred Band.


The acropolis of Thebes was called Cadmeia, since the city’s founder was Cadmus. The plural number of the name Thebes comes from the fourteen gates of the city, connected to Niobe by myth.


The name Thebes was also used for the Egyptian city, at Karnak. This name is believed to be a derivative of the ancient Egyptian word for the city, “ta-pe,” in Greek.


The new Archaeological Museum of Thebes occupies an exhibition area of 1.000 m2  and houses a multitude of artefacts, representing millennia of continuous human activity in Boeotia.


The exhibition halls spread over two different levels, a choice dictated by the necessity to maintain the natural formation on the western slopes of the Kadmeia hill.


The Museum extension and the configuration of the surrounding space were monitored by the architect Michalis Souvatzidis.


The rearrangements include the repair and modernization of the existing building of 613,73 square meters, with the moderation of its old layout, the deposition of the neighbor structures (curator’s office, restrooms), the repair of various construction elements (coatings, colorations, false ceilings), air conditioning installation and the cladding with cement tile.


The old building was integrated with the new extension so to look like one unity.


The new extended part covers 2.692,23 square meters, with 1.390 square meters of semi open airs spaces, consisted of 3 basements, ground floor and rooms.


This reconstruction includes retaining work with poles and reinformance coatings, digging, masonry, coverage, electromechanical installation, exterior landscape formulation of 1.749 square meters και backfilling  of ancient findings which were discovered during the digging of the building’s foundation and was decided to protect and preserve them.


Modern Thebes is build right on top of the ancient city.


Thebes was one of the most influential ancient cities of Greece.


It is inhabited from Neolithic times and its heyday was in the Mycenaean period.


Many remains of the ancient city are visible around the modern city, along with few parts of its fortifications build with big boulders on natural rock.


Thebes is 45 Km from the capital of modern Boeotia, Livadia.


Some of the most important historical sites in Thebes is the Mycenaean palace, the Isminion temple devoted to Apollo and the Cadmian Gates.


Το Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Θηβών είναι σημαντικό ελληνικό μουσείο τα εκθέματα του οποίου προέρχονται από ανασκαφικήδραστηριότητα στη Βοιωτία και καλύπτουν μια μεγάλη περίοδο από την Παλαιολιθική εποχή έως τους μεταβυζαντινούς χρόνους.


Ανήκει στην Εφορία Αρχαιοτήτων Βοιωτίας, με έδρα τη Θήβα, η οποία λειτουργεί εντός του Αρχαιολογικού Μουσείου Θηβών.

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4. “Don’t let today’s troubles bring you down… Don’t let life’s little obstacles keep you from trying…Don’t let Don’t let your fears keep you from dreaming…Don’t give up for any reason…Believe in Yourself!


3. “Quality is free. It’s not a gift, but it’s free.  In reality, improving quality up to some threshold typically results in less time, less costand more scope. The “unquality” things are what cost more, all the actions that involve not doing jobs right the first time. Do things right in the first place, and you won’t have to pay to fix them or do them over. Whether you manage a large plant or run your own small business, applying this simple principle of quality control will boost your profits and your career”! Phil Crosby. (Source:,, photo:Google)

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2. “Never accept anything less than you deserve”! Always remember your worth, or how much you deserve. You teach people how to treat you. Know Your worth. Demand the best, accept nothing less. Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve. Don’t settle for anything less than wonderful, because you deserve so much more. Never apologize for having high standards, or, lower your standards to please somebody. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them. The only people who deserve to be in your life are the ones who treat you with love, kindness and respect. Never set for anything less that you can be no matter how hard it may be to achieve it. (Source+photo: Google).

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1. “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but…Take the step”! (source+ photo: Google)



Who Can Survive Without Water For Years?

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We all get thirsty, but what are the creatures who can survive without water for years?

People could hardly survive for a few days without drinking water, but some other creatures on our planet can go years without a drink.

Saving water “for a dusty day” for certain species, a tank for water storage is internal!

“We typically lose 4 to 9 cups of water per day, through breathing, sweating, peeing and pooping. If we do not drink enough to quench our thirst, the costs can be high. The symptoms of dehydration range from tiredness, headaches and muscle weakness to rapid heartbeat and ultimately loss of consciousness. The symptoms of dehydration range from tiredness, headaches and muscle weakness to rapid heartbeat and ultimately loss of consciousness. Many animals also struggle. But some critters, especially those living in seasonally dry environments, can be pretty ingenious when it comes to coping with drought.”


A desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) (Credit: Daniel Heuclin/

“No desert house would be complete without a water storage tank, but for certain species that tank is internal”.

Tortoises of the Galapagos Islands, (including desert tortoises and the giant tortoises), store water in their bladders.

The Australian water-holding frog stores water in its gills, its tissues and the ultimate water storage device: its bladder.


In the deserts of North America, the aptly-named desert spadefoot toads use their claw-like feet to dig deep underground. There they hide for three-quarters of the year, shrink-wrap themselves in a mucus membrane to conserve water and after 10 months they emerge when they sense the drumming of a very heavy rain on the surface.

During the dry season, African lungfish, (an eel-like fish that generally lives in the shallow waters of swamps and marshes), burrow deep into dried mud using their pelvic fins, then excrete a coating of slime to minimise water loss. Encased in this gooey garb, African lungfish can “sleep” in a state of “suspended animation” for three to five years, without needing to eat or drink. The fish slow down their body clocks and only wake up when fresh water becomes available.

In South and Central America, waxy monkey tree frogs find a safe place then press their throats and abdominal walls down, while their legs wipe lipid secretions over their entire body.


North American kangaroo rats and all collect seeds when conditions are moist and plants are reproducing. Then they live off these seeds for the rest of the year. These rodents spend the hot dry days holed up in their dens chomping on their bounty, coming out only at night. They eat these high-carbohydrate seeds to yield energy and “metabolic water”, bypassing the need to drink at all.


Larger mammals like camels and oryx tend to rely more on fat metabolism. So rather than store water in their humps, camels store fat: up to 80lb (36kg) of it.  For an Arabian oryx, storing its fat in a mild hunchback, this metabolised water can provide up to a quarter of its daily needs.


Kangaroo rats also have a tremendous ability to salvage the water from their urine before they pass it. To perform this feat, they have evolved specialised kidneys with extra microscopic tubules for extracting water from urine. This means they can extract more water and pump it back into the body, so it doesn’t go into the urine.

Camels, ostriches and kangaroo rats all have specialised respiratory systems that help them breathe out less air.

The air in the lungs of a kangaroo rat is warm and saturated with water, but the tip of its nose is cold. In between is a long and convoluted air passage. As the air makes its way from the lungs to the atmosphere, the water vapour cools and condenses on the mucus membrane of the rat’s nose. Once condensed, the water gets pulled back in rather than breathed out. when they are in their burrows and they do breathe out water vapour, the vapour becomes trapped in the burrow – and then they breathe it back in.

The thorny devil lives in the Australian Outback and possesses the ability to drink with its skin. It is covered with spikes, and between these spikes water-collecting grooves run all over its body.


The moisture-attracting grooves can absorb water like blotter paper, and collect night-time dew that settles on plants or on the animal’s back. All the grooves run directly to the lizard’s mouth, which sucks water droplets from all over its body.

Sand grouse can also soak up small quantities of water and store it in their feathers.  That is essential, because they often nest up to 30 miles (50km) from water.


A Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) (Credit: Michael D. Kern/

But…who can survive without water if it gets even drier…?

Source:, Youtube, photos: Google, National Geographic