iOS 6 users, here is what you will be missing on your spanking new iPhone 5 (as well as other devices that have been updated) – Google Maps’ recent introduction of checking out vibrant and stunning photos underwater, right across half a dozen of the ocean’s most incredible living coral reefs located throughout Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii. Imagine being up close and personal with sea turtles at Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, while remaining as dry as a bone in the safety and comfort of your living room.

Google Maps managed to pull this off after partnering with The Catlin Seaview Survey, a major scientific study of the world’s reefs, so that the amazing images that you see will also be made available to millions worldwide through the Street View feature found only in Google Maps, although I would think that calling it Sea View would be a whole lot more appropriate. How do you find what you have seen so far, and have you come across any of the weirder images while underwater?

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