Google Maps adds Panoramic underwater maps

Go virtual scuba diving with Google Maps’ latest update

Google Maps has added its first underwater panoramic images, showing six coral reefs.

Mapped areas include Apo Island, a volcanic island and marine reserve in the Philippines which is resident to an ancient boulder coral, which may be several hundred years old, Hawaii’s Oahu’s Hanauma Bay and the coral reef at Maui's Molokini crater.

The underwater images are available to view through the Street View, in association with the The Catlin Seaview Survey, which used a specially designed underwater camera to capture the photos.

Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Earth said in a blog: “Whether you’re a marine biologist, an avid scuba diver or a landlocked landlubber, we encourage you to dive in and explore the ocean with Google Maps. Check out our complete underwater collection, featuring a Google+ underwater Hangout from the Great Barrier Reef. And you can always explore more imagery from around the world by visiting maps.google.com/streetview.”

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