TOP TEN PHOTO GALLERIES: Most Viewed of 2008

TOP TEN PHOTO GALLERIES: Most Viewed of 2008
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7. Alien-like Squid Seen at Deep Drilling Site

A mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) underwater, this alien-like, long-armed, and--strangest of all--"elbowed" Magnapinna squid is seen in a still from a video clip obtained by National Geographic News and published on November 24. (See video and read full story.)

The video--obtained by a Shell oil company ROV (remotely operated vehicle) at an ultra-deep oil- and gas-drilling site--sparked shocked reactions everywhere from the Digg link-sharing site to CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 (watch CNN clip).

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—Video still by (copyright 2001) MBARI
 
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