Google Street View is pretty amazing. Just a few years ago it would have been unthinkable, and now we take it for granted. Well, just to push it even further, Google is now going underwater with their cameras. That's right. Now you can explore the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, or Hawaii without getting Scuba certified or even getting wet. Just as with the above water version of Street View, you can explore a 360 degree view and move around, but this time you see reefs and sea turtles instead of roads and cars. It is pretty spectacular both in concept and execution.
Take a few minutes to explore. Below are the current areas they have photographed:
- Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- Molokini Crater, Maui, Hawaii
- Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
- Apo Islands, Dauin, Philippines
Below is a video that shows a little bit of the process used to make the images. You can briefly see the fancy 3D cameras they use to take the pictures. Impressive!