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. The 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.
Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia's World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.