World Oceans Day 360 degree Asia Pacific

World Oceans Day Dive in to the heart of the Coral Triangle in Asia, home of the richest coral reefs on Earth

World Oceans Day 360 degree June 5, 2015

Editors note: This post is the first in a series of guest entries by members of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey team. A group dedicated to recording and revealing the world’s coral reefs in high-resolution. World Oceans Day 360 degree 360-degree panoramic imagery. These posts will take you behind the scenes of the project and introduce you to the people taking these images. earthtopomaps.com

We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp).

We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp).

On June 8, we’ve worked with Google to launch our largest ever collection of underwater imagery on Google Maps. Featuring 360-degree virtual dives from 20 reefs across the region, including the Philippines. Indonesia. The Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands, Australia and American Samoa. We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp). We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp).

Here’s a look at the virtual dive locations captured by the XL Catlin Seaview Survey team

 Heart of the Coral Triangle. Often called the “underwater Amazon.”

the Coral Triangle is a 5.7 million square kilometer area that spans from the Philippines in the north, down to Indonesia and as far as the Solomon Islands in the east.

This giant triangle is also home to 76% of known coral species and over 3,000 species of fish World Oceans Day degree image

The SVII camera system surveys the remarkable reefscapes of the Coral Triangle (c) Catlin Seaview Survey. World Oceans Day

We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp). Or red toothed triggerfish (Odonus niger) cascade down the healthy reef slope. On this particular day, we were lucky enough to be greeted by a dolphin. And a free swimming banded sea snake cruising along of one Bunaken Islands’ epic undersea walls.We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp). We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp). Taking about 3,000 images each time. World Oceans Day

XL Catlin Seaview divers explore underwater marine life at Bunaken Islands

We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp).  Every dive begins with getting our divers rigged up and the 60kg. Camera off our research boat Makarena and into the water. The SVII is a revolutionary camera system that creates high-resolution 360-degree. Images of the underwater environment using technology similar to Google Street View. By attaching SVII to an underwater scooter. We can cover distances of up to two kilometers in a single dive.World Oceans Day degree image
XL Catlin Seaview divers explore underwater marine life at Bunaken Islands. We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp). We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp).

We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp). By a dolphin and a free swimming banded sea snake cruising along of one Bunaken Islands’ epic undersea walls. We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp).World Oceans Day degree imageseen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish (Chaedotontidae spp). We’ve seen large schools with hundreds of reef fish such as butterfly fish(Chaedotontidae spp). We were lucky enough to be greeted by a dolphin. earthtopomaps.com

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