Top Ten Videos of 2006 From National Geographic News

August 01, 2007

The stealthy ways of snakes, the plight of African elephants, and some of the animal kingdom's mightiest battles topped the list of this year's most popular videos from National Geographic News. Replay the year in science, nature, and exploration with 2006's top ten videos.

10. Kitty Cam Reveals Killers in Our Midst
Is your furry bundle of joy an invasive ecological disaster? Get a cat's-eye view of one pet's nightly prowl to see how effectively kitty can kill. Watch the Video >>

9. Antarctica's Big Meltdown
A study released in March reported that Antarctica has been losing ice rapidly—the equivalent of about 40 trillion gallons (151 trillion liters) of water a year. Learn what this big melt may mean for the future. Watch the Video >>

8. Anaconda Stalks World's Largest Rodent
Watch as a female anaconda in Venezuela hunts down a capybara—the world's largest rodent—and swallows her meal whole. Watch the Video >>

7. Deadly Black Mamba Snake Climbs Tree for Squirrel Snack
Join the world's fastest serpent, the deadly black mamba—whose venom can kill a human in just 15 minutes—as it zips through the African wilderness in search of its next meal. Watch the Video >>

6. "World's Largest Spider" Stalks South American Jungles
Watch as a hapless mouse wanders too close to a foot-long (30-centimeter-long) goliath tarantula, and see the unusual adaptations that make it one of nature's deadliest ambushers. Watch the Video >>

5. Tracking Asia's Giant Catfish
Join conservationist Zeb Hogan as he goes in search of the world's largest freshwater fish—Southeast Asia's giant catfish—and explore his efforts to bring it back from the brink of extinction. Watch the Video >>

4. Elephant Slaughter Revealed in Chad
Watch video and animated stills of an elephant massacre near Chad's Zakouma National Park—evidence of a major poaching problem along the park's borders. Warning: graphic content Watch the Video >>

3. Puffer Fish vs. Otter
To thwart otters and other predators, Tanzania puffer fish employ some "Puff Daddy" defenses that can make the fish too much of a mouthful to be meal. Watch the Video >>

2. Swimming With Stingrays
Now notorious for causing the death of TV's "Crocodile Hunter," the normally docile stingray uses its potentially lethal tail barb only when it feels threatened. Watch the Video >>

1. Giant Octopus Battles Shark
Watch footage of an octopus's fight with a spiny dogfish shark, and discover the culprit behind one aquarium's unusual murder mystery. Watch the Video >>

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