11 October 2013

Google swaps cars for carp as Street View heads underwater

Google’s Street View technology has been with us for several years, and given us the ability to zoom in to maps of cities and towns across the globe, and look around in 360 degrees.

Then, they applied the same technology to other parts of the world, enabling web users to take a ‘virtual tour’ of important attractions, such as the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden here in Cape Town, or even the Amazon River!

A scene from Kirstenbosch

Now, Street View has taken the plunge and headed underwater. To demonstrate Street View’s potential to comprehensively map every corner of the world, Google headed to the Great Barrier Reef, off the Australian coast.

“With these vibrant and stunning photos you don’t have to be a scuba diver—or even know how to swim—to explore and experience six of the ocean’s most incredible living coral reefs. Now, anyone can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and dive with sea turtles, fish and manta rays,” says the Google Maps website.

Read all about how the project came together on this Behind The Scenes site, or dive right in and explore one of the six sites using the embedded map below:

To see the other fantastic underwater areas that can be explored in Street View, head to the Street View Oceans page. How many creatures can you spot that also live at the Two Oceans Aquarium? Check out our species list to compare!

360-degree views come to the Aquarium

If the wide open ocean is too much for you, check out this 360-degree view of our ever-popular Nemo exhibit, where you can crawl inside the glass display and be surrounded by hundreds of cute clownfish!

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