Google Maps Releases 'Underwater Street View' Of Great Barrier Reef [VIDEO]

By Amir Khan on September 26, 2012 12:58 PM EDT

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Google Maps users can now take a virtual tour of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. (Photo: Google Maps)

If you've ever wanted to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef but have been unable to afford the trip, Google's newest map may be for you. In partnership with the Catlin Seaview Survey, a scientific study of the world's biggest reefs, Google Maps users can now take a virtual tour of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

"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," Brian McClendon, vice president of Google Maps and Earth, wrote in a blog post.

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The images were captured with an underwater camera designed by the Catlin Seaview Survey. It takes 360-degree photos every 3 seconds while travelling at a speed of 2.5 mph. The images are then stitched together to create a virtual dive.

"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," McClendon wrote in the post.

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