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Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with the First Underwater Imagery in Google Maps

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Good news for those who have always desired to go scuba diving into the picturesque Great Barrier Reef, but never seem to have afforded or had time to undertake it. Google has come out with its latest addition to the Google Maps service: underwater panoramic views of six special sea spots that is a virtual map of the oceans documenting the state of fragile ecosystems as they change over time.

Great Barrier Reef

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To carry out this project, Google has been partnering with The Catlin Seaview Survey – a major scientific study of the world’s reefs and has used a specially designed underwater camera, the SVII, to capture the amazing photos you are about to see.

The very first underwater panoramic images to Google Maps are already available, and what Google Maps is going to do next is to provide people with the most comprehensive, accurate and usable map of the world.

With these wonderful, stunning photos you do not have to be a scuba diver or even know how to swim, no, what you should do is to become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and explore and experience some of the ocean’s most incredible living coral reefs, diving with sea turtles, fish and manta rays through the Street View feature of Google Maps simply sitting at home.

Coral reef panorama by Google Maps

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As the Project Director of the Catlin Seaview Survey says, ‘The biggest problem with the ocean is that it’s out of sight and out of mind for most of us and 99% of people have never gone for a dive and never will. So, in this way, more and more people will be engaged with the ocean.’

Street View feature of Google Maps

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site of remarkable variety and beauty on the northeastern coast of Australia, and blessed with the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with over 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusk, it’s no wonder that the Great Barrier Reef is considered one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.

Stunning underwater scenery

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Other special seaspots Google allows you to visit in its Maps feature include the Philippines and Hawaii.

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