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On Tuesday, Google launched underwater Street View – an amazing collection of panoramic images from under the sea.

Using Google Maps, you can explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay, the Apo Islands in the Philippines and other select locations. Use Google Maps to find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fishfollow a manta ray and experience the reef at sunset

“We’re adding the very first underwater panoramic images to Google Maps, the next step in our quest to provide people with the most comprehensive accurate and usable map of the world,” Google announced on its official blog.

“Now, anyone can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and dive with sea turtles, fish and manta rays.”

Google has partnered with The Catlin Seaview Survey, a major scientific study of the world’s reefs, to make these amazing images available to millions of people through the Street View feature of Google Maps.

The Catlin Seaview Survey used a specially designed underwater camera, the SVII, to capture the images.

by Scott Gustin