Two years, 19 countries, 1 million images

Image: A turtle swims toward our panoramic camera on the reefs of Mexico - this panorama can now be viewed in Google Street View.


It's been two years since the Catlin Seaview Survey, sponsored by Catlin Group Limited, announced a partnership with communications platform Google. This collaboration has changed the way the world is able to view our underwater world. Today in San Francisco, Executive Director Richard Vevers, John Carroll Group Head of Marketing and Communications Catlin Group Limited, and Chief Scientist Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg will join other key ocean ambassadors, scientists and communicators at The Economist World Ocean Summit.

The presentation includes a short film which was created to celebrate just some of the locations surveyed so far. Check out the video here.


Working with additional science partners:

In addition to the work completed with our founding scientific partner, The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute, we've worked with some fantastic scientific partners at specific locations over the past 12 months. Survey work in the Galapagos was supported by The Galapagos National Park & Charles Darwin Foundation, whilst The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the Prince Albert II Foundation gave us assistance during our temperate water survey of Monaco. Professor Hoegh-Guldberg thanked all of these scientific bodies during his presentation that was attended by the Prince of Monaco himself.


More ocean to explore:

Brand Manager for the Google Oceans Program, Jenifer Foulkes was pleased to announce at The Summit that there are now even more marine locations to explore through the Google Street View platform. You can now take a virtual dive at:


- The Larvotto Marine Reserve

- Roche Saint Nicholas (featuring the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco)


- The UNESCO World Heritage site Sian Ka'an

- The amazing MUSA underwater museum off the coast of Isla Mujeres

- The popular Cozumel dive sites of Santa Rosa Wall and the Columbia Deep

- And a brush with the world's largest fish, whale sharks at Isla Contoy

United States of America:

- The San Francisco Bay shoreline that was surveyed by a Google trekker camera atop the stable autonomous WAM-V® USV robot.