VSL:WEB // Meet the world’s biggest animal, online

Swim with the world’s biggest animal — without leaving your desk — with this wonderful, screen-filling, animated blue-whale banner.

Launched in 2007 by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, the graphic — which is composed of 10,000 JPEG images — opens with an intimidating close-up of the giant whale’s eye. As you scroll along its side, tiny bubbles and otherworldly sounds create the eerie impression that you’re drifting alongside the mammal. It’s a humbling experience — like exploring the surface of a new, and beautiful, planet.

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