Top Ten National Geographic News Stories of 2005

December 19, 2005

Whether destructive or wondrous, Mother Nature dominated the news that resonated most with readers this year—from Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami to a grizzly bear-size catfish and the first photo of a live giant sea squid.

Below, the ten most popular National Geographic News stories of 2005, as chosen by you, our readers:

10. "Godzilla" Fossils Reveal Real-Life Sea Monster
Researchers have unearthed fossil evidence of a new species of ancient crocodile that had a head like a carnivorous dinosaur and a tail like a fish. Full story and photo gallery >>

9. Ligers Make a "Dynamite" Leap Into the Limelight
Thanks to a star turn in the movie Napoleon Dynamite, these half-lion, half-tiger hybrids are stealing the show at U.S. sanctuaries. Full story and photo gallery >>

8. "King Tut" Treasure to Return to U.S. in 2005
After 26 years, treasures of Pharaoh Tutankhamun are returning to America. The boy king's artifacts anchor a new museum tour of objects from ancient Egypt's "golden age." Full story and photo gallery >>

7. Photo in the News: Python Bursts After Eating Gator
A 13-foot (4-meter) Burmese python in Florida's Everglades National Park seems to have died after trying to eat a 6-foot-long (2-meter-long) American alligator. See photo >>

6. Photo in the News: Ultra-Lifelike Robot Debuts in Japan
As a surprisingly lifelike new android "came to life" at the 2005 World Expo in Japan, the line between cool and creepy grew thinner by the nanosecond. See photo >>

5. Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversy
Mice with human brain cells and humans with pig tissue are only two real-life examples of chimeras—creatures that are part human, part animal. But is it safe—and ethical? Full story >>

4. Grizzly Bear-Size Catfish Caught in Thailand
Nearly nine feet long (2.7 meters) and as big as a grizzly bear, a huge catfish caught in northern Thailand may be the largest freshwater fish ever recorded. Full story and exclusive photos >>

3. Tsunami in Southeast Asia: Full Coverage
The Indian Ocean tsunami was one of the worst disasters in history. Read about the killer event and its aftermath, and learn how tsunamis are generated, where they can strike, and what you can do to protect yourself. Read more >>

2. Hurricane Katrina: Complete Coverage
See news stories, photo galleries, and video clips from the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina and learn what you can do to help. Read more >>

1. Holy Squid! Photos Offer First Glimpse of Live Deep-Sea Giant
The first-ever images of a living giant squid in the wild have been captured by Japanese scientists. Full story and photo gallery >>

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