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2007-08-08 03:05:00

By Simon Usborne It was a journey to the bottom of the Gulf of Maine in 2005 that inspired Claire Nouvian to put together an unprecedented showcase of creatures from the bottom of our seas. Plunging down 1,000 metres in a pressurised submersible, she calls the experience the "most incredible moment" of her life. "It was so beautiful and so intense, it changed me for ever." Two years on, the French wildlife journalist and film director has amassed a gallery of mesmerising finned octopuses,...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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