Google have announced a new “special” street view that will take you underwater.
For some, swimming with the fishes might seem like a brilliant idea; whereas, for others, they would rather pass on the experience. Nevertheless, whatever your preferred choice is, Google have recently unveiled a collection of new 40 “special” street view images, which will wash you away.
Part of the ‘Google Earth Outreach’ project, the stunning views of under the rock we live on allows you to swim with humpback whales, have long walks on the beach as well as do much, much more. The team behind Google’s unique street views, with help from the Catlin Seaview Survey, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Chagos Conversation Trust, managed to create the images, starting all the way back in 2012.
Not many people understand the ocean and what fantastic life lives there; therefore, “mapping the ocean is key to preserving it,” Google stated.
According to a blog posted by the company, “each image in Google Maps is a GPS-located digital record of these underwater and coastal environments, which can be used as a baseline to monitor change over time… the comprehensive record of coral reefs showcases the beauty of these ecosystems and highlights the threats they face.”
“… As the ocean changes, we must change with it by creating new technologies, to help document the state of the ocean today and how it changes in years to come.”
Not only can these new street views allow scientists and environmentalists record the change and behaviour of one of the world’s 7 wonders, but it can also open up the opportunity of going underwater and swimming with your favourite sea animals, something that could have been only a dream to some.
You can see a small documentary of how the magnificent street view was put together.[youtube id=”4C5EGXqgx8s”]
And for those interested, the link to the street views can be found by clicking here.
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