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Google Street View takes the plunge

Exploring the oceans through your computer is now a reality, thanks to Google.
Google Street View takes the plunge
Screenshot of Heron Island in Google Street View.
That's right - Google Street View has gone underwater!

Working with The Catlin Seaview Survey over a six-month period, six specific underwater sites in the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii and the Philippines have been featured in Google Street View.

Okay, there are no streets in the oceans, but who cares when you can come face to face with colourful reef fish, a sea turtle, a manta ray, as well as savour a sunset at the reef.

In his blog, Vice-President of Google Maps and Earth Brian McClendon said, "With these vibrant and stunning photos you don't have to be a scuba diver - or even know how to swim - to explore and experience six of the ocean's most incredible living coral reefs."

So, in the comfy depths of your sofa, visit Google Maps and be mesmerised by the wonders of the oceans. Zoom in and who knows what you may find!

Besides the novelty aspect, conservation is another objective of Google Street View taking a dive underwater.

According to Catlin's project director Richard Vevers, "The biggest problem with the ocean is that it's out of sight and out of mind for most of us."

He described the underwater extension of Google Street View as "a scientific project to create a baseline for observing how the oceans are changing, but it also creates awareness of why that matters."


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