The BBC has released a virtual reality application that works as a companion to its nature programmes, such as Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II.

BBC Earth: Life in VR is available on Google Play and through the Daydream app store. It gives users a journey through different ocean environments to observe, in real-time, the behaviours of different animals and underwater creatures.

Users will need a Daydream compatible headset and smartphone to enjoy the experience and, as yet, there is no word on whether there will be an iOS, Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR version in future.

Considering the Beeb worked closely with Google on the project, that currently seems unlikely: "We are really excited to be working with Google to bring BBC nature content to Daydream," said the BBC's head of digital entertainment and games, Bradley Crooks.

"VR allows us to provide our audiences a new level of immersion unparalleled by other mediums and tell stories of the natural world in a new and exhilarating way."

The app is free to download and use.

The BBC also recently announced an augmented reality application to accompany the screening of new arts documentary series Civilisations. It will be available from March and is coming to iOS as well as Android.