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We’re not sure what possessed director Nicolas Deveaux to make a five-minute film about animated, acrobatic giraffes diving from the high board into a swimming pool, but we’re glad he did — because we’re grinning ear to ear watching them tuck and plunge. 5 mètres 80 won best in show at SIGGRAPH Asia for its sometimes delicate, sometimes goofy animation and choreography

(via This Film About High-Diving Giraffes Is An Instant Cure For The Blues)

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We recommend watching this beautifully animated short film right away (because it’s just that awesome) and then carefully saving it for when you need a pick-me-up (because it’ll still be just that awesome). Created over a 1.5 year period by French animator Nicolas Deveaux (previously featured here) and titled “5 Mètres 80“, we like this whimsical short shares a great secret: Giraffes love to go to the pool. What do they do there? You’ll have to watch video to find out.

Then click here to find out what elephants love to do at the gym.

Then just try to stop smiling. Difficult, isn’t it?

[via Colossal]

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For anyone interested in the experience of deep, dark freediving without actually chancing an encounter with the Kraken, allow freediver Guillaume Néry (previously featured here) to do the diving for you in this awesome short video entitled “Free Fall.” ;

Shot off the west coast of Long Island in the Bahamas, this dramatic video shows Néry diving into Dean’s Blue Hole, the world’s deepest known salt water blue hole, measuring 202 meters (663 ft). Also known as vertical caves, blue holes are underwater sinkholes with an entrance located below the water level. At a depth of 20 meters (66 feet) Dean’s Blue Hole widens into a 100 meter (330 ft) wide cavern. We’re still not convinced the Kraken doesn’t at least hang out there from time to time.

[via Twisted Sifter]