Google may have a hard time bringing its mapping service back into Apple’s iOS 6 and the hot-selling iPhone 5, but Maps now sends users below sea level.
The online ads and search giant has included the ability to plunge deep into oceans with its updated Street View program.
The ocean collection will give users a glimpse into “six of the world’s most incredible underwater spots, including coral reefs (and their inhabitants) in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii,” said Google on its YouTube video.
The new feature is the product of Google’s partnership with the Catlin Seaview Survey.
“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,” said Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Google Earth, in a blog post.
“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.”
Source: Ocean Collection