We’ve heard it’s better under the sea and now people don’t even need to dive in the water to see for themselves.
Google have released a new collection of 40 new “special street views” images in its latest update, which gives people the chance to swim with humpback whales in the Cook Islands or investigate the Mary Celeste Wreck in Bermuda.
Google’s Street View team created the new images alongside the Catlin Seaview Survey, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Chagos Conversation Trust.
The project is part of Google Earth Outreach which began creating underwater views in 2012, alongside Catlin, in order to help monitor the conditions of some of the planet’s most remote and stunning habitats, and give people an amazing view of previously unseen worlds.
In a statement on the company’s blog, Google said:
Mapping the ocean is key to preserving it. 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. This comprehensive record of coral reefs showcases the beauty of these ecosystems and highlights the threats they face, such as the impact of increasing storms in the Great Barrier Reef and of rising water temperatures, factors causing the reefs to bleach white. These two images taken just one year apart, demonstrate reef deterioration from ocean warming.
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.
We can’t help but feel Finding Nemo would have been a much shorter film if the characters had access to this feature.