Google has introduced a new underwater feature into Google Street View for all the marine lovers. The tech giant has released gorgeous new images of ocean life, in a bid to chart coastal and underwater imagery across the world, and gather data of all the changes that occur in what amasses 70 percent of our planet.
To begin with, the company has captured images and footage of 40 new locations around the world, including the American Samoa and Chagos Islands and underwater dives in Bali, the Bahamas and the Great Barrier Reef, and hopes to expand its database in the future.
Google says that underwater mapping will help researchers and geologists as well. “Each image in Google Maps is a GPS-located digital record of these underwater and coastal environments, which can be used as a baseline to monitor change over time. This comprehensive record of coral reefs highlights the threats they face, such as the impact of increasing storms in the Great Barrier Reef and of rising water temperatures, factors causing the reefs to bleach white,” the company explains in its blog post.
These stunning images have been made public just in time for World’s Ocean Day on June 8. You can now swim underwater with sea turtlesin the Solomon Islands, humpback whales in the Cook Islands, great white sharks in Australia, and the huge and mysterious sunfish (Mola mola) in Bali.