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Most Stunning Nature Scene Ever: Baby Penguins Dive off 50-Foot Cliff for First Swim

Scores of baby penguins bravely dove off a massive 50-foot cliff for their first-ever swim in the icy Antarctic waters below, incredible new footage shows. Award-winning National Geographic cinematographer Bertie Gregory spent a frigid two months tracking the 10,000-strong flock...

The Lion’s Den: When Big Cats Roamed Ancient Greece

Greek scientists believe that a cave near Vravrona, about 40 km (25 miles) east of Athens, was a hideout for lions and panthers which roamed the ancient Greek countryside thousands of years ago. Fossils belonging to small and large mammals,...

Goats on the Beach: An Added Bonus of a Holiday in Greece

Goats are practically rock stars in Greece and when a herd decides to take a stroll at a beach it becomes a magnet for tourists and locals alike. A few years ago a bearded beachgoer made a sudden appearance on...

The Solar Eclipse That Transfixed North America in Videos

Millions of people across Mexico, the US and Canada looked to the skies on Monday to witness a total solar eclipse carve a narrow path of darkness across the continent. The path of totality when the Moon completely covered the...

Greece to Launch New Marine Parks at ‘Our Ocean’ Conference in Athens

Greece announced on Monday that it will launch two new marine parks in the Aegean and Ionian Seas to coincide with the Our Ocean Conference in Athens this week. Delegates at the April 15-17 Our Ocean Conference include 12 heads...

Rare Dolphin With Thumbs Discovered in Greece

A rare dolphin with thumb-like flippers has been discovered in the Gulf of Corinth in Greece. Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute researchers came across this unique dolphin twice last summer while conducting boat surveys along the Greek coast. Despite its flippers'...

Greek, US Environmental Groups Launch Project to Protect Mt. Olympus

Greek and US environmental groups recently announced their collaboration in a project to protect Mt. Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece where the ancient Gods resided. In an agreement sponsored by the US Embassy in Greece, Greek environmental organization Ecogenia...

First Major Wildfire of the Season Rages on Crete, Greece

A major wildfire - the first of the summer season in Greece, rages on Saturday near Ierapetra, southern Crete. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of several villages threatened by the flames aided by strong winds. Dozens of firefighters and fire-dousing...

Italian Island’s Goat Bounty: Islanders Offer Free Goats to Anyone Who Can Catch Them

The small and remote Italian island of Alicudi, home to just 100 residents, is overrun by goats that now outnumber the human population by a ratio of about six to one. Desperate to address the situation, the local mayor, Riccardo...

Takis Shelter: The Greek Man Who Devotes His Life to Stray Animals

Takis Proestakis, a former Greek businessman in the town of Ierapetra, Crete, gave up his comfortable life to devote himself to caring for abandoned dogs and cats at his shelter. April 4th is World Stray Animals Day, a day dedicated...

Trump’s Son-in-Law Pursues Hotel Projects in Balkans

While Donald Trump readies for another push towards the US presidency, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is following up on hotel and apartment deals in Serbia and Albania. The projects are sure to bring growth, but they also face opposition. One...

5.7 Earthquake Rattles Western Peloponnese, Greece

A 5.7 earthquake rattled western Peloponnese in southern Greece on Friday morning just after 9 am local time. The earthquake struck near the Strofades islands and was felt as far as Athens and Crete. There are no reports of injuries...

Greece’s Meteora and Pindos Designated UNESCO Global Geopark

The Meteora Pyli Geopark was designated part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks network as of Thursday, becoming one of the now 213 Geoparks located in 48 countries in the world. It was among a group of 18 new geoparks whose...

African Dust Cloud Blankets Greece

A dust cloud from the African continent blew over the eastern Mediterranean, shrouding large swathes of Greece in a haze. On Thursday, the phenomenon is anticipated to continue. Much of the country, including the capital Athens, has severely impaired vision...