It’s now possible to explore the bottom of the ocean without so much as getting your big toe wet. Google has teamed up with The Catlin Seaview Survey to create a Street View experience for six prominent sea spots.
Sites in Hawaii, the Philippines and Australia – including the Great Barrier Reef – can be visited from the comfort of your computer.
It’s hoped that by highlighting the beauty of various coral reefs and sea creatures, more awareness will be brought to underwater ecosystems susceptible to destruction.
The images were collected over six months via underwater vehicles that each had three SVII cameras in place. Photos were snapped every four seconds before being pieced together to give a 360-degree panoramic view.
The team responsible for collecting the photos actually used a Samsung Galaxy Tab to control the SVII cameras.
Visitors can try out the underwater Street View experience by visiting maps.google.com/ocean.
Underwater panoramic imagery. Now that’s one thing Google Maps certainly trumps Apple with.