Explore under the sea with Google ‘reef’ view

Source: The Independent

Scuba diving can finally be experienced online, as photographs from some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world will soon be accessible in 360-degree high definition photographs, on Google maps.

You can use Google Maps to find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fish, follow a manta ray, and experience the reef at sunset. You can also find out much more about this reef via the World Wonders Project, a website that brings modern and ancient world heritage sites online. The Catlin Seaview Survey used a specially designed underwater camera, the SVII, to capture these photos.

The Catlin Seaview Survey, which began in 2012, has taken over 400,000 panoramic photographs of coral reefs from across the world. They began by capturing 150 kilometres of the Great Barrier Reef, and have since expanded to locations including Bermuda, The Philippines and the underwater mountains of the Galapagos Islands. Recently the Survey photographed in a protected area of the Florida Keys.


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