National Geographic : 2010 Sep
• INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC GeoPuzzle Answers PHOTO: DAVID DOUBILET ZELIG HIGH ALA ALINES ARNO GIN KINGTUTSAUNTAND STOA OVER HERBROTHERWERE MALAYAN OPUS EGON ALIT AER NUPTIALLYCHUMMY DEEASLIP NICE ENOS CHOICES THUSTUTSAUNTIE OORT APSE WASALSOHISMUMMY ERA TAXI YAKIMA LYE SLOB NERVY Society Updates ON ASSIGNMENT EelAppeal InsidetheNationalKiwi Centre in Hokitika, New Zealand, is a two-story tank full of old eels. How old? "About 85 to 100 years, " says David Doubilet, who documented the fish with his photographic assistant and wife, Jennifer Hayes (above), for this issue. Doubilet and Hayes were allowed in the tank to demonstrate the length--- about six feet---of these freshwater New Zealand longfins. The two were told to cover up fully or risk being chomped on. Although the eels did try to wriggle under their neoprene hoods and face masks looking for flesh, recalls Doubilet, "they were polite enough not to bite their guests." SPECIAL ISSUE Water World Oceans cover nearly three-fourths of our globe and play a role of equal significance in Earth's biodiversity. Our newest special issue explains the workings of our seas and explores ways to improve our relationship with them. Find Ocean on news- stands September 14 or at ngm .com/ocean-special ($10.99). NAT GEO CHANNEL Go on patrol with the law officers of America's largest state in Alaska State Troopers, a weekly series beginning September 21 at 10 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. NG BOOKS Soul of a Lion chronicles the true story of conservationist Marieta van der Merwe and the imperiled wild animals she devotes her life to in Namibia. Look for it in bookstores September 21 ($26). O Special Issue FREE World Ocean Map Foreword by Alex andra Cousteau Majestic, fragile, fearsome-- captured by the world's best photographers. NGM.COM/OC EAN S PEC IAL DISPL AY UNTIL MONT H DAY, YEA R InatankataNew Zealand aquarium an eel greets Jennifer Hayes.