World Oceans Day was celebrated in a grand way by the Google company. Their project which involved a visit from Street View to the Great Barrier Reef was completed on that very same day, June 8, and it offered the world a magnificent 360 degrees look into one of the most beautiful places under water.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, it can be seen from outer space and it is one of the largest structures ever built by living organisms. The coral system is built by tiny creatures call coral polyps and the large structure shelters millions of underwater species.
It has been declared a World Heritage Site in 1981 and it was also labeled as one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The reef is currently threatened by many factors such as runoff, global warming, coral bleaching and crown-of-thorns starfish. The coral population has decreased by more than half since 1985.
The underwater Google tool proved to have been a great success in capturing images from 20 spots in the Great Barrier Reef which painted a fascinating underwater coral and fish world. Google`s Street View underwater project was implemented in several locations like Bali, the Maldives, the Bahamas and around an Indonesian shipwreck. The high definition photographs were collected by the XL Caitlin Seaview Survey.
This project was meant to draw awareness and emphasize the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the ecosystems that call it home, as well as the many dangers that threaten it and how much it needs the world to start paying more attention to it.
This is not the end for Google`s adventure under the sea and they say that they have several on-going projects through which they mean to capture on film the underwater wildlife from several places around the globe. Thanks to Google`s underwater projects, people will be able to observe underwater life in places where not many people get to travel.
The oceans of Earth occupy 70% of its surface and the amount of information that we have about what goes under the water surface is surprisingly little. We don`t have any maps of underwater relief, but perhaps this is the project that Google wishes to pioneer, a map of the deep oceans.
If you wish to take a look and see for yourself what life underwater is like, visit Google`s Street View website, and click on the Ocean View section.
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