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Go Underwater in the Florida Keys with Google Street View

August 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | ()

The folks and cameras over at Google Street View can’t stop exploring, and now they’re taking a page from The Little Mermaid—they’re going under the sea. There were some announcements earlier this summer, as the map mavens headed to check things out over in Belize and the Philippines in honor of UNESCO Marine World Heritage Sites; however, now there’s another option as well.

It’s not just Google behind things with the latest expansion, as it sounds like a few of Uncle Sam’s scientists are also leading the effort. Equipped with fisheye lenses—ha, of course—photographers and videographers are now busy mapping the underwater world that is the Florida Keys.

This technology has been utilized to snap shots of the Great Barrier Reef and ecosystems in the Caribbean, but this is the first time things have been taken to the waters off the coast of the United States. The cameras—all 143 pounds of them—are attached to scuba divers and are powered by tiny motors to snap those key images.

The project is being completed in partnership with the Catlin Seaview Survey, and some of the initial images should already be available through Google Maps. More and more images should be heading online sooner than later, and after Florida is mapped we can only guess where they’ll go next—Hawaii? We’d like to sign up to volunteer please.

[Photo: Google Street View]

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