Google's salute to Jules Verne has lots of nooks and crannies. Did you find the sunken crown? How about the divers?
Prepare to dive!
Google crafted a loving tribute to Jules Verne today with its interactive logo. The company replaced its homepage banner with portholes, providing a charming view of 20,000 leagues – or at least 1,000 pixels – under the sea.
This moving image of the digital deep is actually four different layers stacked on top of one another. The layers each move at a slightly different speed, providing an illusion of depth and realism. It also allows Google to cram in a lot of secret objects.
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Many people will have seen the waves and seahorses, and maybe a narwhal or two. But did you spot the buried treasure chest? Or the divers? Here's a guide to the many Jules Verne mysteries scattered throughout today's Google logo.
Anchor: Use the lever to move your submarine hard to starboard (the right). When you've reached the edge of the picture, seal the hatches; you're going all the way to the bottom. After several seconds of diving, look through the far-right porthole – what would be the "e" in Google. Before you hit the ocean's floor, you'll notice an anchor trapped in coral.
Treasure chest with crown: Keep descending into the abyss. At the bottom-right corner of the image is a chest filled with gold and a glimmering crown.
Tentacles: Now drift a little to the left. There are several purple tentacles wrapped around coral or reaching menacingly toward your ship. These suckered limbs are likely a nod to the giant squid found in Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
Divers: Hard to port! Pull the lever all the way to the left and look through the first porthole. About half-way between the bottom of the ocean and the surface, you'll find a rocky ledge with two explorers. Look for the pearl by their feet.