Google, in cooperation with the Catlin Seaview Survey (one of the largest scientific project / conservation study currently in the world), has added lots of impressive 360 degrees panoramic photo's of several of the worlds most popular dive sites. It allows viewers to virtually take a dive into the stunning underwater world.
Scuba divers who mapped the underwater world were diving with a special designed underwater camera's (SVII), having three wide-angle lenses and taking a 24MB picture every 4 seconds. Dive sites which have been mapped include several Great Barrier Reef sites in Australia including Heron Island, but also less known dive sites such as Molokini Crater in Maui Hawaii, the ancient boulder coral dive site near Apo Island in the Philippines and Hawaii's Hanuama Bay that is one of the most popular sites for snorkeling. They are all added in Google's newest feature and offer a glimpse of how amazing the underwater world really is. There are sights of turtles, manta rays and lots of coral reefs and smaller marine fish. Future plans will include famous sites in Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Coral Triangle and the Indian Ocean.
It is hoped that this partnership leads to a better understanding of eco systems and a better approach of our underwater world. Visit Google's Street View and navigate to one of the underwater sites or visit http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/gallery.html#!/ocean
where you can select each individual underwater site that has been mapped.