Your next trip to the Great Barrier Reef could be from the comfort of your home now that Google’s partnered with Caitlin SeaView Survey, the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute and the Underwater Earth organization to document this amazing ecosystem. Equipped with a special underwater camera capable of withstanding depths of 328 feet, the survey aims to photograph 50,000 shots in 360-degree panoramic view and incorporate them into Google Earth and Google Maps. Dubbed “Google SeaView,” it seeks to open opportunities for increased conservation as well as a free look for wanna-be world travelers who can’t afford a plane ticket down under. As an added perk, the collected data may also be used to help future ship captains navigate through the treachery of the intricate coral highways. Check past the break for more info on the survey and plenty of footage teeming with aquatic wildlife.
Google dives deep to bring underwater photos of the Great Barrier Reef this September originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.