Google launches underwater Street View, blows everyone's goddamn mind

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Google has rolled out some damn impressive additions to its ouvre of street-viewable locales over the last few months, including Kennedy Space Center, the Amazon Rainforest and Antarctica, but this may be the most spectacular of them yet. Working in collaboration with The Catlin Seaview Survey, the company has released a collection of underwater panoramic views that allow you to explore six living coral reefs from the comfort of your desk — and what a collection it is.

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Says Google:

We've added the very first underwater panoramic images to Google Maps, the next step in our quest to provide people with the most comprehensive, accurate and usable map of the world. With these vibrant and stunning photos you don't have to be a scuba diver-or even know how to swim-to explore and experience six of the ocean's most incredible living coral reefs. Now, anyone can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and dive with sea turtles, fish and manta rays in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii.

We've included some screenshots of our first udnerwater dive below, but you'll definitely want to visit http://maps.google.com/ocean to start exploring for yourself.

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BlondieRock13
BlondieRock13

Well, as a traveler, I can see this having an impact on the places I want to visit. Having a preview of the ocean views that most resorts brag about, to see if they're really worth it, will definitely influence where I stay.

I just wish Google would hurry up with the darn indoor maps for places. Especially stores: sometimes I just want to know the aisles so I don't wander like an idiot.