Google Street View Goes Underwater


The world just got graphically bigger, literally. Yesterday Google announced the addition of the first underwater panoramic images to it’s popular Google Maps. It works similar to Google’s Street View, it’s just underwater.

On Google’s news blog, Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Earth, called it the next step in their quest to provide people with the most comprehensive, accurate and usable map of the world.

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. Now, anyone can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and dive with sea turtles, fish and manta rays in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii. “

Google says starting immediately you can use Google Maps to find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fish, follow a manta ray and experience the reef at sunset


Google partnered with The Catlin Seaview Survey, a major scientific study of the world’s reefs, to make the underwater images available to millions of people through the Street View feature of Google Maps. The Catlin Seaview Survey used a specially designed underwater camera, the SVII, to capture the photos.

Article Source: Google News Blog from a post by Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Earth (edited for content). Photo © Craig Barhorst