ARKive offers information on the most endangered species on the planet and they do it in a very engaging way. They are creating a multimedia guide to endangered animals, plants and fungi.
When you visit the site, there are gorgeous photographs, a video intro by David Attenborough, and plenty of places to click on and explore:
They even have a mobile game called Survival for you to play. Venture deeper into the specific species, and a world of information, videos and photographs opens up. Here is the page for the Rough-toothed dolphin:
It is this sort of online resource that provides facts, habitat and lots of information, but is also beautiful enough to inspire too.
FindTheBest is a site that offers recommendations created from data rather than marketing. The ratings come from experts in each category and a normalized score is assigned so that the expert ratings can be compiled into a single score, The Smart Rating.
The ratings are then packaged into a very user-friendly format, including color coding for favorable, mixed and negative reviews.
The ratings cover a wide range of subjects, including business and finance, electronics, home and family, software, travel, education, health, vehicles, and sports. Under each larger category are specific subjects. There is also a search engine that will get you to the subject you need.
This is a great resource that will work as a nice balance to crowd-sourced reviews.
360 Cities is the largest community of 360 degree panoramic photography online. The collection includes photos from around the world, including underwater panoramas and aerial panoramas in addition to ones on the ground. You can check in at their blog as well, which has captivating photographs from around the world.
Once in the interface with the panoramic photos, you can click and drag to move through the image, complete with zooming in and out. Locate the arrows and globes and you can move to other photographs to explore those as well. This is one site that you can travel the world in seconds, but it’s hard to stop there!