Google Takes Mapping Underwater

Google added its first underwater panoramas to Google Maps yesterday.

From their blog:

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.

See the camera details here.

ReadWriteWeb brought up the other news this week:

Since Apple’s lukewarm launch, the press has begun to wonder whether Google will deliver a standalone mapping app for iOS to compete with Apple’s. Google appears to be buying time by showing off this undersea Reef View as a demonstration of its planet-wide prowess.

FJP: I really need to get outside more. — Blake.

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