Google’s Street View Goes Under The Sea At Six Coral Reefs

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Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it’s better down where it’s wetter
Take it from me
- from The Little Mermaid

Every so often, the Google Street View service does something cool enough to make you forget about the WiFi data collection screwup, and this is one of those things — at least for me.

With photographic help from The Catlin Seaview Survey, Street View now has underwater imagery from six coral reefs, all of which are available on Google Maps at maps.google.com/ocean. (Take that, Apple Maps.)

The locations include the Great Barrier Reef near Australia (shown in the image above), Apo Island in the Philippines, and a couple spots in the Hawaiian islands — including Molokini crater off Maui, one of my favorite snorkeling/snuba-ing spots. Trust me … the underwater imagery isn’t the same as being down there yourself, but it’s a pretty darn good substitute.

Here’s a short Google video showing some of the new undersea images and how the Catlin Seaview Survey took them. You enjoy it while I go research airfare to Maui.

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Google: Street View

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  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.cottam Michael Cottam

    This is cool….it’s SO DISAPPOINTING though that the new streetview imagery doesn’t seem to be available through the usual Maps API or by dragging Pegman over a map (try Molokini, for instance). In my mind, this relegates the new imagery to really not much more than standalone web pages with a panoramic view :-(

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