With the exception of an eclipse and volcano "spiders," the stars of National Geographic News's most popular video presentations were a decidedly deep lot—hopping fish, countertop "sea monsters," underwater eruptions, and more.
| 10. Restored Moon Landing Video Amazes Anew|
Around the time of the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, NASA released restored video of the original moonwalks in 1969.
| 9. "Dumbo," Other Deep-Sea Oddities Found|
Oil-eating tubeworms and 15-tentacled sea cucumbers are among the 5,000 deep-dwelling species identified by the Census of Marine Life, a ten-year effort to chronicle life in the deep ocean.
| 8. New Species Found at Great Barrier Reef|
In and around Australia's Great Barrier Reef, researchers with the Census of Marine Life have discovered hundreds of new species.
| 7. "Sea Monsters" Surfacing in Utah|
Some 93 million years ago, dinosaur-era "sea monsters" swam the seas above what is now Utah. Thanks to paleontologists, more evidence of the ancient beasts is now surfacing.
| 6. Hubble Floats Away From Shuttle|
In May space shuttle astronauts released the Hubble Space Telescope, following five spacewalks to repair and improve the 19-year-old spacecraft.
| 5. "Psychedelic" Fish Hops on Seafloor|
A newly discovered frogfish—dubbed the psychedelic fish because of its colorful stripes—hops along the seabed by flexing its lower fins and shooting water from its gills.
| 4. Whale Fossil Found in Kitchen Counter|
A factory found a 40-million-year-old whale fossil preserved in a series of limestone kitchen counters.
| 3. Deep-Sea Eruption, Odd Animals Seen|
Scientists caught a fast-growing, 12-story underwater volcano erupting—along with odd creatures evolved to survive its toxic emissions.
| 2. Preview: Longest Solar Eclipse|
The total solar eclipse on July 22, 2009—explained via animations and more in our pre-eclipse video—was the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century.
| 1. Fish With Transparent Head Filmed|
For the first time, a live Pacific barreleye fish—complete with transparent head—was caught on video. The deep-sea fish's tubular eyes pivot under a clear dome.