This fun, interactive internet search provides great background and introduction to the study of symbolism in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. It starts by having students find a definition, then takes them to the official symbols page for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which has many interesting and amusing "official" state symbols and items. A few particular examples from popular literature and culture are explored, and then students are taken to resources specific to the whaling industry, the author's biographical data, and information about the real-life whale that inspired the story of Moby Dick. As the web quest ends, students supply what one author has described as the white whale's symbolic meaning. All of this prepares them to read the book more critically and engage in the deeper analysis that will yield better understanding and enjoyment of this classic American novel.