The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres.The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queenslandin north-east Australia.
Not everyone can enjoy the luxury of scuba diving at the great barrier reef or have the time to fly to Australia. But, everyone can enjoy the view of the reef as long as there is a computer with Internet access.
Google has announced plans to incorporate 360 underwater views of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef into its “Seaview” project, a service that will let Google Earth users dip below the surface for a virtual view of the world’s oceans.
Starting in September 2012, experts will launch a scientific expedition of the reef using specialized cameras to capture tens of thousands of images of the reefs, which will then be stitched together to form 360-degree shots like the ones currently available on Google Street View.
You can check out the Catlin Seaview Survey website to try out a demo developed from images taken at Heron Island, a coral cay off the north-east coast of Australia. Or, watch the video below to find out more: