It’s definitely not as good as the real thing, but this is kind of cool. Google Street View now allows you to tour a section of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.
As I said, it’s kind of cool. In reality I think the idea of it is cooler than the actual interactivity. You get to poke around and wander a bit, but at the end of the day it seems a little ho-hum, in my humble opinion. Maybe that's because there are no streets in the Great Barrier Reef.
I would love to see it with my own eyes some day. I have never been to Australia, but I did just spend a bit of time on Wikipedia reading about the Great Barrier Reef. I learned some cool stuff:
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world. It includes more than 2,900 individual reefs, which stretch for 1,600 miles, covering an area of 133,000 square miles. It can be seen from outer space. It is home to more than 1,500 fish species, and is at least a temporary stop for whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles, saltwater crocodiles, sea snakes, and a gazillion other species (that’s not an official number). And it’s all made of coral, which is a living animal species in itself.
Anyway, you can now look at part of it (kind of) in Google Street View.
Alternatively, you could actually go see it for yourself on an EF College Break trip to Australia.
Photo: Paul via Flickr