National Geographic News's most popular coverage of 2009 scientific finds is swarming with megamouth sharks, giant snakes, a transparent-headed fish, and rare species rescued from obscurity—then eaten.
| 10. Ultra-Rare Megamouth Shark Found, Eaten|
| 9. Ancient Gem-Studded Teeth Show Skill of|
| 8. Alien Giant Snakes Threaten to Invade Up to|
1/3 of U.S.
| 7. Biggest Snake Discovered; Was Longer Than a Bus|
| 6. Gold Rush-Era "Ghost Ship" Wreck Found|
| 5. Oldest Skeleton of Human Ancestor Found|
| 4. "Extinct" Bird Seen, Eaten|
| 3. New Cloud Type Discovered?|
| 2. Fish With Transparent Head Seen Alive for First Time|
| 1. "Missing Link" Found: Fossil Connects Humans, Lemurs?|
The publicity frenzy made National Geographic News's brief coverage our most viewed page of the year—and inspired a backlash as some experts, including one here at Nat Geo HQ, suggested Ida was more media event than milestone.