In a posting on the official Google Maps blog, the Street View team ditched their iconic camera cars for diving gear and and headed out to photograph the last place you want your turn-by-turn directions to lead you: Underwater.
In a partnership with The Catlin Seaview Survey, the Google Maps team set out to “to explore and experience six of the ocean’s most incredible living coral reefs.”
“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. 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. At Apo Island, a volcanic island and marine reserve in the Philippines, you can see an ancient boulder coral, which may be several hundred years old. And in the middle of the Pacific, in Hawaii, you can join snorkelers in Oahu’s Hanauma Bay and drift over the vast coral reef at Maui's Molokini crater. “
If you happen to have a pair of red/cyan 3D glasses lying around, you can right click and enable an old-school 3D experience as you search for the Creature from the Black Lagoon.