Enjoy the underwater beauty can also be done virtually. If you do not have time for snorkeling or diving, you can ‘dive’ into the seabed by staring at a computer screen.
One feature of Google Maps, the Google Street View, now has Street View Underwater to give access to everyone to explore the charm of the underwater park of 360-degree angle.
This feature was first launched in Australia, and is a collaboration with a research institute named Catlin Seaview Survey. This collaboration featuring 27 underwater locations in Australia through Google Street View feature.
From the depths of Sydney Harbour, the iconic Bondi beach, to explore the Great Barrier Reef, users can also see the activity of marine animals such as minke whales and dolphins.
All photos and images recorded using a special camera that can capture actual photographs location every few seconds. Google to process the image captured by divers from the Catlin Seaview, so this panoramic photographs can be enjoyed interactively, and even with 3D technology.
“Through Street View Underwater, everyone can ‘jump’ to dive underwater for virtually, as well as the diversity of coral reefs along 2,300 km,” said Executive Director Richard Vevers Catlin Seaview, through a statement.
Images of coral reefs shown in Street View Underwater also be used as a further research by marine scientists. Underwater Google Street View was launched on 14 November to celebrate the IUCN World Parks Congress, which this year was held in Sydney, Australia.
With more people can appreciate the beauty of the underwater park, Google hopes to invite more concern for the conservation of marine life.