Google’s Virtual Great Barrier Reef Tour

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Want to explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef without ever getting wet? The concept of Google’s “Street View” mapping has now been applied to one of the great underwater wonders of our world.

Scientists teamed up with Google to offer high definition underwater panoramas of the reef to anyone with access to the web. Tens of thousands of images create a virtual world where you can explore marine life in detail – all along the 2,300 kilometer long reef.

A specially designed camera explored depths between 30 and 100 meters – to create the images used.

Want to try it out? Here are two of the underwater cameras. Click on them and dive beneath the waves.

Wannabe marine biologists can even help scientists study the marine life in the area by measuring the size of the coral and the number of fish and submitting results.