Dive on Lady Elliot Island from your Lounge Room!
In a worldwide first,
millions of people around the globe can visit the Great Barrier Reef
and take a virtual dive around Lady Elliot Island via the Street View
feature on Google Maps.
Catlin Seaview Survey, a series of scientific expeditions to explore
and survey the world's coral reefs, has established a global
partnership with Google. The survey team used custom designed
technology and the world’s first underwater tablet-operated camera
to collect 360 degree panoramic imagery on the survey team’s second
pilot expedition to Lady Elliot Island in May 2012. These images have
been stitched together to allow people to find Lady Elliot Island on
Google Maps and experience a ‘virtual’ dive to explore the
wonders of the reef on the coral cay.
“The fact that people
can take a virtual dive from the comfort of their home or from the
other side of the world is incredible. The imagery taken around Lady
Elliot Island will be used to monitor any changes on coral reefs and
raise awareness of how climate change and other environmental factors
are likely to affect the reef” said Ms Mroz, Sales & Marketing
Executive at Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort.
“Not only will millions
of people be able to see the beautiful coral and marine life
surrounding the island, but they will also be able to use the
scientific data that the Catlin Seaview Survey has collected on their
expeditions through the Global Reef Record.”
The official launch will
be held today, Wednesday 26 September 2012, at the Blue Ocean
Festival in Monterey, California.
Please visit the
Lady Elliot Island pages on the Catlin Seaview Survey website:
Dive in and take an
underwater tour of Lady Elliot Island on Google Maps:
Follow Lady Elliot
Island on Google+: http://bit.ly/RQ01Pl
can view the live night dive via a Google+ Hangout today: