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The Street View Aquatic with Google

For World Oceans Day 2015, the tech giant is sharing 40 new 360-degree underwater panoramas

Catlin Seaview Survey captured a 360-degree view of parrotfish at the USAT Liberty wreck off the coast of Bali. (Photo: Google Street View)
Catlin Seaview Survey captured a 360-degree view of parrotfish at the USAT Liberty wreck off the coast of Bali.

Google Street View has taken us trekking alongside Sherpas in the Himalayas and on sled-dog rides in remotest Canada. Now the company is expanding its immersive photo project's underwater offerings.

The famous Trekker camera backpack works well on land, but to capture underwater imagery Google contracts with seafaring organizations that employ special equipment. That includes the ocean-monitoring XL Catlin Seaview Survey, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries; and the island reserve, Chagos Conservation Trust. The company on Thursday released images from more than 40 locations around the globe in celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8.

As with Google’s other special projects (memorable: zip-lining in the Amazon), the views are for more than just fun. “Each image in Google Maps is a GPS-located digital record of these underwater and coastal environments, which can be used as a baseline to monitor change over time,” writes Brian Sullivan, Google Ocean program manager. And, of course, they’re meant to inspire. So do your part and feast your eyes on our seven favorites.

Giant Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola)

Captured off the coast of Bali, May 2015

Giant Parrotfish

Captured off the coast of Bali, August 2014

Humpback Whales


Captured off the coast of the Cook Islands

Coral Reef Bleaching


Captured in American Samoa

Sea Turtle

Captured near the Solomon Islands, May 2015


Captured in Aruba, May 2015

Ile du Sel Island

Captured in the Chagos Islands, February 2015

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Filed To: NaturePhotographySolomon IslandsAruba
Lead Photo: Google Street View