Google Features Stunning Underwater Photos For World Oceans Day

Today, you can literally surf the internet.

To celebrate World Oceans Day, Google has released a series of new Street View imagery from the world's oceans. Working with several marine and conservation groups over the past four years, the company has created a "digital record of the ocean."

You can virtually swim in 40 underwater locations around the world — "alongside some of the most wondrous and exotic creatures, including a sea turtle in the Solomon Islands, humpback whales in the Cook Islands, great white sharks in Australia, and the huge and mysterious sunfish (Mola mola) in Bali," according to a Google Maps blog post.

So why is this a big deal, other than the fact that you can look at cool underwater photos while sitting at your work desk? Because, as the blog post explains, "mapping the ocean is the key to preserving it."

Google hopes that by making the ocean more accessible, more people will be able to experience its beauty, feel a desire to learn about it, and fight for its preservation.

Check out the stunning imagery here — go ahead and get lost at sea.

Screengrab via Google Maps

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