Google Maps Dive Deep
While Apple is immensely struggling with their iOS6 maps, Google maps has gone to the depths of the ocean to roll out their underwater Street View. The dominant player in maps and directions released their first-ever underwater panoramic image last Tuesday, September 28, announcing their “next step in our quest to provide people with the most copmrehensive, accurate and usable map of the world.”
Users can now take a virtual tour of the ocean, exploring the coral reefs of six oceans, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Apo Island in the Philippines, and Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay in the Pacific Ocean. Just as users have previously been able to navigate roads in Street View, users can explore an underwater location through the zoom and toggle functions. With a simple click or swipe, millions of people can explore the subaquatic worlds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay and Apo Islands in the Philippines.
The stunning images were taken by The Caitlin Seaview Survey, a scientific study working in partnership with Google. They were shot continuously with the specially designed SVII underwater camera, and carefully combined to create the surreal 360 degree view now available on Google Maps.
“The biggest problem with the ocean is that it’s out of sight and out of mind for most of us,” Caitlin Project Director Richard Vevers told tech blog Boing Boing. “99% of people have never gone for a diver and never will.”
Check out the 6 documented underwater areas around the world here @ maps.google.com/ocean.