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Go under the sea with the first ever underwater shots on Google Street View

O.M.G. There is a turtle in Street View! In its continuing quest for awesomeness, Google has gone under the sea. You may have already taken a virtual trip down the Amazon river, a walk in a famous park or a stroll through the Cape Winelands with the Google Maps team, but now you can actually go underwater at some of the world’s most beautiful aquatic destinations. Plus one, Google.

The team announced today that its first ever underwater panoramic images are now available on Google Maps. The 360 degree photos were captured as part of the Catlin Seaview Survey, a scientific project which aims to capture images of coral reefs around the world and map how they change over time. Photos of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, as well as the volcanic Apo Island in the Philippines and parts of Hawaii, have been integrated into Street View so you can see them in detail from your desktop or mobile phone.

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Some of the stunning shots feature turtles at near the Heron Island Resort, a passing manta ray, a school of fish in Hawaii and the Great Barrier Reef at sunset. If you don’t have the time to drag and drop the orange Street View man all over the show, Google has also created a dedicated page to host the underwater imagery.

Author | Lauren Granger

Lauren Granger
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in... More