Google is bringing the beauty of the underwater world to its ‘Street View’ in Google Maps.
Using the latest technology and working with the Catlin Seaview Survey, Google was able to map and survey the health of coral reefs in selected regions. The images were taken using a specifically designed underwater camera called the SVII.
No matter how far you are from the ocean or lake, you can now get a small virtual taste of what scuba divers experience, whether that is seeing a manta ray in full flight or seeing a turtle swimming with a school of fish!
It is hoped the new technology entices non-divers to learn more about the marine environment and also for them to take the plunge and learn to dive!
See it for yourself! Explore the underwater Google Map ‘Street View’ here.
Google will roll out amazing images from the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines and Hawaii in the first installment. The underwater survey team then hope to map new regions and depths! Stay tuned for updates!