Google released their new service, the Google Ocean. Where before thereGoogle Earth that shows the Earth in a real photograph photographed from above, coupled with Google Street that displays the condition of the road, anddo not forget the Google Map. Google Ocean shows the beauty of under the deep sea.
This time the object is the Great Barrier Reef, the diver around the world already recognize the beauty of coral reefs in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Now,you can come to enjoy and see the beautiful coral cluster with a "virtual dive".
So far the tourists who like to dive, researchers, and conservationists who can explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef directly. But, this year Google launched a project named Google Ocean. Through Internet access, you can see tens of thousands of high quality images,with an angle of 360 degrees, spread over various points of the Great Barrier Reef.
In conducting this project, Google is in collaboration with the British insurerCatlin. Catlin subsidiary that focuses on marine conservation Catlin SeaviewSurvey which became its main sponsor. In addition, this project is also theresult of cooperation with some NGOs and the University of Queensland.
As Updatec.com read from guardian.co.uk, thousands of images with an angle of 360 degrees that include images of coral,reef, and underwater ecosystem that is taken by some of robotic cameras. These cameras will be deployed in several places to generate collaboration underwater images that you can see through internet access.
This expedition will begin at September this year. You can access the 'virtual dive' on YouTube, Panoramio, Google Earth, Google Maps, and other applications tahat required 360-degree image. But first, a pilot project that has been done for six days has brought a breath of fresh air to the researchers.
They found that new species Pygmy Seahorse, also four types of coral that had never before seen on the Great Barrier Reef. Surely it would be a lot of other discoveries, considering 93% area of this unspoiled coral reefs because it was too deep for divers. You can see the clear picture that shows the colors typical of shallow-water coral forests. However, details on the coral reefs in the waters of the somewhat limited because of light depends on the situation.
In addition, there is also the possibility to track the migration and reproducecycle stingrays, leopard sharks and green turtles. "Millions of people could witness the panorama, and natural sciences, as well as the magical power contained beneath the surface of the ocean," says OveHoegh-Guldberg, head researcher of this project.
The project launched at the World Ocean Summit held in Singapore. Hopefully, with the 'virtual dive' communities will be more concerned about climate change, destruction of coral, as well as underwater ecology. Through Internet access, you can see directly the condition of the underwater world's largest marine park.
The following link pilot project Google Ocean: http://www.catlinseaviewsurvey.com/seaview.htm, and below is the Youtube Video about Seaview Survey frm Catlin. Enjoy it, and stay update with updatec.com