As Google continues to map the Earth, and bring Street View imagery to more exotic places, the company is now tackling the depths of the world's oceans.
Google has teamed up with The Catlin Seaview Survey, which studies the world's reefs, and is contributing photos to Street View. Google says the survey used a specially designed underwater camera, the SVII.
"Starting today, you can use Google Maps to find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fish, follow a manta ray and experience the reef at sunset—just as I did on my first dive in the Great Barrier Reef last year," says Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Earth. "You can also find out much more about this reef via the World Wonders Project, a website that brings modern and ancient world heritage sites online."
Heron Island Resort
Ancient Boulder Coral
Snorkelers in Oahu’s Hanauma Bay
Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Here are a couple of promo videos for the project. The second one even shows an underwater Google+ Hangout: