1Google Maps Brings the Galapagos to Your Urban Aquarium
by Nathan Eddy
2A New World Under the Sea
Exploring Galapagos, a well-preserved tropical archipelago, is a dream for many, and a reality for a few.
3Going to School in the Galapagos
The Galapagos’ 360-degree images on Google Maps are the result of a joint project between the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), Google Maps, Catlin Seaview Survey and the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD).
4Careful Where You Step
It is now accessible without long and expensive trips or heavy baggage, thanks to the worldwide launch of 360-degree images from the Google Maps Street View platform.
5Sleeping Wildlife on the Trail
Unlike other panoramic photographs, the panoramic images on Google Maps enable virtual visitors to explore a place in its entirety.
6Sea Lions Doing Their Thing
The photographs of various land and underwater sites in the islands, taken with special cameras in May 2013, are finally ready for virtual explorers after being processed by Google.
7A Camera-Shy Iguana
The project aims to use images, not only for exploration and education purposes, but for scientific research and the management of protected areas in the islands.
8People Live Here, Too, You Know
Comments will be shared with the community of iNaturalist and the CDF, contributing to further research of the Galapagos Islands.
9Clownfish Has No Time for Laughs
Once the launch of the images has finished, it is important to remember that this is not the end of the project, but only an initial step, Google reminds us.
10Take a Ride Into Paradise
Once you open an image, you can turn around within the image and even do full turns (hence the term “360 degrees”), zoom to specific objects, move in any direction, look up or down, and—in some cases—even enter certain places along the way.
11Yes, This Is Another School of Fish
In order to explore the Galapagos images as well as those from any other place, you only need to visit the Google Maps Website and indicate the location of the specific place of interest.