Curaçao’s Coral Reefs Captured On Film For Use On Google Maps’ ‘Virtual Diving’ Platform
(Photo Credit: Catlin Seaview Survey)
WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – April 9, 2013 – The Curaçao coral reef, one of the most beautiful in the world, will soon be able to be enjoyed via the popular Google Maps ‘virtual diving’ platform. The Catlin Seaview research team has spent the past several weeks surveying and photographing the reef for Google as well as collecting scientific data to be utilized in future reef research.
In addition to traditional dives, the team also utilized the submarine “Curasub” to capture footage of the reef. Because the Curasub travels at greater depths than divers can reach, it’s often used for scientific marine research.
More than one third of the island’s coral reef has been filmed. Curaçao’s coral reef is the second reef to be captured in this way; the first was the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.