|When we tell you that Google Street View now takes you into the sea, you might initially think the service must be suffering from similar glitches to Apple’s new Maps app, which appears to have been getting more things wrong than right since its launch last week.|
But Google Maps’ new underwater feature is just as it should be. Indeed, armchair travelers, non-swimmers and marine enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that the Web giant has today unveiled some beautiful coral reef panoramas, allowing users to explore spectacular ocean scenery off the coast of Australia, the Philippines, and Hawaii.
Apple’s Maps developers, currently working on taking cities out of the water and placing them back on land, must surely be looking on with envy just now.
“Starting today, you can use Google Maps to find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fish, follow a manta ray and experience the reef at sunset — just as I did on my first dive in the Great Barrier Reef last year,” Google Maps’ Brian McClendon wrote in a post on the company’s blog.