To making its service better and better; Google introduced the first underwater panoramic images to Google Maps.
It has been extended to a number of vibrant underwater locations, including Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay, Apo islands, Heron Island, Lady Elliot Island, Molokini Crater and Wilson Island. It includes six panoramic views of the oceans coral reefs in all.
The Google Maps underwater images were captured using the SVII, a specially made underwater camera. This camera takes 360 degree panoramic images, snapping pictures every three seconds.
To create Google Maps underwater, the tech giant worked with the Catlin Seaview Survey, which conducts the major scientific study of the World’s Coral Reefs.
Over Hoegh-Guldberg, one of the leading scientist at the Catlin Seaview Survey said that “The Global Reef Record is a game changing scientific tool that scientists around the world will have at their fingertips”. They will be able to record the change in the marine environments now and in the future.
Marine scientists researching any aspect of the reef will be able to study the environment from any of the surveys they conduct-Shallow Reef or Deep Reef.
The underwater coral reef maps can be found at the Google Street View website. Go and check them out and get a glance of the underwater world.