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20 Stunning Photos of Google's Underwater Street View

20 Stunning Photos of Google's Underwater Street View

Google Street View just got a whole lot cooler. Arr, off to Davy Jones Locker with you. That's right, now you can explore the depths of the ocean on Google. After perusing the site, I am convinced Sebastian from the Little Mermaid was absolutely right: everything is better under the sea. Google, ever the environmental champion, launched its latest eco project in conjunction with World Oceans Day on Monday.

In partnership with XL Catlin Seaview Survey, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Chagos Conservation Trust, Google has created new underwater street view images of more than 40 locations around the world, including the American Samoa and Chagos Islands and underwater dives in Bali, the Bahamas and the Great Barrier Reef.

Google hopes that the images will inspire marine preservation. "Home to the majority of life on Earth, the ocean acts as its life support system, controlling everything from our weather and rainfall to the oxygen we breathe," says Google. "Yet despite the ocean’s vital importance, the ocean is changing at a rapid rate due to climate change, pollution and overfishing, making it one of the most serious environmental issues we face today."

Here are 20 stunning photos of Google's underwater Street View:

The Wilson Island Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef, is an important turtle and bird rookery. Just like in regular Google Street View, you can zoom in and out, pan around 360 degrees and take a virtual tour of the sea. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

A humpback whale in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The whole 2 million square kilometer exclusive economic zone of the Cook Islands is a designated whale sanctuary. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

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This shot was taken in Muli Kandu in the Maldives. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

The Liberty Wreck is a 120-meter-long cargo ship. The coral covered wreck is one of Bali's most popular dives. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

This sheltered reef near the island of Mayreau, part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is in the Tobago Cay Marine Park. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

Tafeu Cove, American Samoa. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

This image was captured near the remote island of Chagos, part of British Indian Ocean Territory. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

"Over time," Google says, "marine larvae could potentially drift over from nearby reefs and eventually settle on the boat, turning this ocean pollution into an artifical reef." Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

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This diver is exploring a healthy and diverse coral reef off the coast of Manado, Indonesia. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

Spinner Dolphins get their name because they love to do spinning, acrobatic aerial displays. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

This sea turtle was spotted near the island of Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago off the coast of Brazil. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

The Grey Nurse Shark looks really menacing with rows of razor sharp teeth but they're not considered dangerous to humans. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

Since being listed as a protected marine area in 2002, Shelley Beach in Sydney, Australia, has witnessed a rebound in marine life, according to local scuba divers and snorkelers. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

Dwarf Minke Whales may be the second smallest baleen whale, but they are still huge. When full grown, they average about 23 to 26 feet. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

These playful sea lions call the Galapagos Islands home. Must be nice. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

"In 2009 Jason deCaires Taylor began placing his pH neutral sculptures onto the seafloor of Isla Mujeres and Cancun which is now known as the Cancun Underwater Museum," according to Catlin Seaview Survey. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

Another sea lion at play in the Galapagos Islands. Photo credit: Google/Catlin Seaview Survey

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