Exploring new depths, multinational tech company Google, added underwater locations to the Street view in Google Maps, with an aim to show the world's ocean collection. It aimed at reminding the impact of human population and their activities that affect the marine environment. Amid increasing concerns to preserve and protect marine life and the oceans, Google has taken the initiative to include such underwater locations that would give an insight to people about the damage being inflicted there by humans and climate change.
The underwater locations include bright and vivid coral landscapes along with research facilities and places impacted by climate change. In a video that shows some of the places added, breathtaking visuals of multiple underwater locations including coral landscapes, marine wildlife and to some extent the degradation of the ocean bed. Watch the video here:
Google announced the inclusion on the eve of the World Oceans Day on June 8.
"The wonderful thing about seeing underwater Street View images is that they encourage people to learn more and to ask questions. When I take the images into classrooms, kids call me the “Ocean Lady” and ask if I’ve ever seen sharks. (The answer is yes: tiger sharks, whale sharks, grey reef sharks, black tip reef sharks, hammerheads—all of them are sleek, powerful and commanding creatures.) I hope these school kids will one day learn to dive, like my 9-year-old daughter. Then they can see the ocean’s magic and all of these sharks for themselves", wrote Lorna Parry, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Underwater Earth.
Underwater Earth is a non-profit that creates 360-degree views of the undersea environment as they believe that seeing what's happening under the ocean helps build an understanding and appreciation for protecting it. Other new imagery in the collection shows “Million Dollar Point” in the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific, where Jeeps and bulldozers were dumped when the U.S. Army left the area after World War II. The images are a reminder of the vision of the ocean as a place to endlessly dispose of rubbish, with no harm done. But the eight million tons of plastic that is dumped into the ocean each year doesn’t disappear. It harms marine life, and as marine life consumes plastic it ends up in the food, according to Lorny Parry.