Unless you happen to live in a pineapple under the sea, you're probably not afforded many opportunities to visit the watery underworld and take in all the wonderful sights. Lucky for us landlubbers, the Catlin Seaview Survey has made it their mission to create a baseline record of the world' coral reefs in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision. Even better, they've partnered with Google
to provide underwater images for Google Street View
The Catlin Seaview Survey and Google just added a bunch of new images, giving curious undersea peepers like us more ocean to explore, including Isla Mujeres and Cancun. Things you may bump into during your underwater expedition include a whale shark and a pH-neutral sculpture that looks like a Volkswagen Beetle (or, as some people have hilariously surmised, it could be the result of someone using Apple Maps).
No, this isn't a lost driver using Apple Maps, but a pH-neutral sculpture found in an underwater museum.
Over the past two years, the Catlin Seaview Survey has traveled through 19 counties and taken 1 million images. The group says we've lost over 40 percent of corals over the last 50 years due to pollution, destructive fishing, and climate change. By doing what they do, it will allow scientists, policy makers, and the public at large to monitor and understand what happens to coral reefs over time.
A list of places that have recently been added include the Larvotto Marine Reserve and Roche Saint Nicholas (featuring the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco) in Monaco; the UNESCO World Heritage site Sian Ka'an, MUSA underwater museum off the cost of Isla Mujeres, popular Cozumel dive sites of Santa Rosa Wall and the Columbia Deep, and whale sharks at Isla Contoy in Mexico; and the San Francisco shoreline surveyed by a Google trekker camera atop the stable autonomous WAM-V USV robot in the U.S.
Feeling adventurous? Take a dive
and start exploring!