From today an underwater version of the popular Google Street View service will start providing Internet users an exclusive photographic tour of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia - whilst it's been reported that a similar experience will soon be available in another famous reef located in Bermuda.
Titled the Catlin Seaview Survey, the new project has been established as a joint venture along with Google, Queensland University as well as their sponsor the Catlin Group, a multinational insurance firm.
The project is part science and part public outreach, with the purpose of learning more about the Great Barrier Reef's state of health from a panoramic underwater photographic and video survey - whilst simultaneously giving users the pleasure of seeing the sights for themselves.
The survey's chief scientist, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, explained: "For the first time in history, we have the technology available to broadcast the findings of an expedition through Google. Millions of people will be able to experience the life, the science and the magic that exists under the surface of our oceans," reported New Science.
To date only a few surveys have been completed, now available for viewing on seaview.org.