To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, Google has released a bunch of gorgeous new images of ocean life as part of its Street View feature in Maps. Now you can contemplate what it means, metaphorically, when your mapping app suggests that oceans are just as important as cities.
Google recommends you check out these amazing “street views” of ocean life:
Swim underwater alongside schools of giant travely in Mexico.
Do the backstroke with humpback whales in the Cook Islands.
See the breathtaking beauty of sea turtles in Timor-Leste.
Search the ruins of shipwrecks in Aruba.
Of course part of this effort is designed to call your attention to the ways that humans interact with the oceans in the same way we interact with the land. That’s why the effort also includes a Global Fishing Watch visualisation, showing where we are fishing (and in many cases, overfishing) around the world. Check out the video, below, which offers a pretty stunning view of fishing patterns.