In celebration of World Oceans Day Google has announced a new map feature that can allow you to explore brand new Street View imagery of more than 40 locations around the world, including the American Samoa and Chagos Islands and underwater dives in Bali, the Bahamas and the Great Barrier Reef.
Google hopes the release of this imagery inspires people to learn more about this precious natural resource.
“Mapping the ocean is key to preserving it. 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 watch change over time. This comprehensive record of coral reefs showcases the beauty of these ecosystems and highlights the threats they face, such as the impact of increasing storms in the Great Barrier Reef and of rising water temperatures, factors causing the reefs to bleach white,” wrote Jenifer Austin and Brian Sullivan of the Google Ocean Program.