Photos: Underwater Google Street View Reveals Stunning Corals

Coral Reef Street View

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Google Maps has teamed up with the Catlin Seaview Survey to create 360-degree panoramas of coral reefs around the world.

Coral Reef Health

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The underwater images will help researchers measure the health of coral reefs.

Great Barrier Reef

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The team has explored the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia and is currently exploring the southern Caribbean.

Dying Coral

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Climate change and coastal development pose a serious threat to coral reef ecosystems.

Underwater Cameras

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A human-driven underwater scooter equipped with sophisticated cameras is used to capture the photos.

Virtual Exploration

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Anyone with Internet access can virtually explore these vibrant coral reef environments.

Coral Reef Life

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Coral reefs are home to many different species, including tropical fish and manta rays.

Overfishing

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Overfishing is taking a toll on reefs, which depend on fish to keep algae populations in check.

Mammal Life

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The reef is home to mammals as well.

Citizen Scientists

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Regular citizens can help scientists keep track of the wildlife that call the reefs home.

Image Recognition

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Scientists are using image recognition software to identify corals and other organisms.