- To capture these stunning images of the Galapagos, the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park Directorate partnered with Google Maps and the Catlin Sea Survey to collect 360-degree views of the islands. The images—which will be available on Google Maps—will enable scientists to continue research with a minimal impact on the environment.
- Google was able to go places that are off-limits to the average tourist, like Bahia Cartago, a land iguana restoration area in Bahia Cartago, Isabela island. Here, Daniel Orellana of the Charles Darwin Foundation crosses a rocky lava field to reach the site.
- Googler Karin TuxenBettman collects photos in Galapaguera, a tortoise breeding center managed by the Galapagos National Par Service, as a Galapagos giant tortoise ambles by.
- Christophe Bailhache with the SVII camera—an underwater model designed to document coral reefs—is escorted by a Spotted Eagle Ray at the start of a shark and ray dive in the Galapagos Islands.
- Daniel Orellana of the Charles Darwin Foundation climbs out of a lava tunnel where he was collecting imagery. The dramatic lava landscapes found on Isabela island tell the story of the formation of the Galapagos Islands.
- The Google Maps team traveled for three hours—on foot and horseback—to reach Minas de Azufre, a naturally occurring sulfur mine near the top of Sierra Negra, an active volcano on Isabela Island.
- At the Los Humedales wetland area on Isabela Island, Daniel Orellana of the Charles Darwin Foundation collects seashore imagery.
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