1. You can now explore coral reefs on Google Street View. Panoramic images of reefs were gathered by the Catlin Seaview Survey – a project which studies the health of coral reefs.
2. The Catlin Seaview Survey is creating a record of the Earth’s coral reefs. They are home to 25% of ocean species.
3. Using a specially developed 360 degree camera, teams of divers from the Catlin Seaview Survey will capture visual data.
4. On the shallow reef the camera is steered by scuba divers.
5. For the deep reef, an area virtually unknown to scientists, the Catlin Seaview Survey will be using robot vehicles…
6. …which can be steered from a boat on the surface of the ocean above.
7. The images to be used by scientists are also making it possible for anyone to see the wonders of the underwater world of the coral reef
8. This unique and innovative experience gives viewers the chance to dive and see exactly what the scientists will see themselves.
9. The team will be surveying the Great Barrier Reef until the end of December.
10. Opal Reef Christmas tree worms