Published on September 27th, 2012 | by No Artificial
Scuba Dive on Google Maps
Google launched new panoramic “sea views” of 6 of the most stunning coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean.
Just like in regular Google Maps Street View you can virtually explore underwater meccas to see manta rays, sea turtles, fish and the reef itself in Hawaii, the Philippines and the Great Barrier Reef.
Google partnered with the Catlin Seaview Survey to capture these incredible images using the most adnavnced underwater camera called the SVII, which allows the divers to take 360º panoramic images. The SVII device was named after Sylvia Earle, an American oceanographer, aquanaut and author.
The main goals of the project were to give every person the chance to experience these underwater wonders in hopes of raising awareness and to record these fragile ecosystems to see how they change over time.
Furthermore, the mapping giant claims to be taking “the next step in our quest to provide people with the most comprehensive, accurate and usable map of the world.”
The new underwater panoramic views can be found on the Street View feature of Google Maps and at the Street View Gallery at maps.google.com/ocean.