Google Maps’ Street View option has made it possible for a lot of people to find their way much easier to their destinations along the years. But it has also offered people the possibility of virtually exploring places from the opposite side of the world. Now the program has taken it one step further by documenting ocean surface. Thus, people from all around the world can see what the bottom of the ocean looks like from their comfy computer chairs.
In an amazing special feature, Google Maps has introduced 40 “ocean streets” that offer the option of street view that take you to the heart of the ocean. Whether you want to take a stroll down the Cook Islands, Aruba or Bali, you can do so just by clicking the street view button.
The team from Google Maps has worked alongside the Catlin Seaview Survey, the Chagos Conversation Trust and the National Marine Sanctuaries Office. What they have managed to create is a extensive path through the ocean’s gorgeous coral reef mountains, filled with all the aquatic fauna you can think about.
You can swim with the fish and peek the gruesome sharks, you can almost touch the coral, because the image quality is so impressive that you can actually look as close as you want. So sit comfortably and get ready for your virtual adventure in the Bahamas, the Great Barrier Reef, the Florida Keys or many more other amazing places.
Aside from its impressive ability of recording the state of the aquatic flora and fauna, that can offer significant information regarding the state of the vegetation and the behavior of the magnificent creatures that inhabit this environment, the new Street View feature offers yet another benefit.
There are many people out there who will never be able to personally explore the wonders of the ocean in a scuba diving session, due to financial reasons or due to various handicaps that might prevent them from emerging into the water. Now, armed with a computer and an internet connection, they get to experience all of this, through the eyes of the most skilled scuba divers out there.
They get to go far and wide all around the world with Google Maps, but now they to go deep into the heart of the ocean as well. This impressive achievement is part of Google’s Earth Outreach program, that has begun documenting the world beneath the water surface back 2012, in collaboration with Catlin Seaview Survey. It has reached truly outstanding proportions and it has the potential of creating an extensive boundary breaking map of the entire world.
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