Man, time sure passes by quickly when you are not keeping track of it. This week so happens to be the 178th anniversary of Darwin’s discovery of the Galapagos Islands. Google has partnered with the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Foundation, and having said that, their partnership has borne fruit through the launch of 360-degree images from the Galapagos Islands which were collected in May using the Street View Trekker. No longer do you have to fork out your life savings to make your way there, now you are able to pay a visit to the Galapagos Islands from the comfort of your home, lazing around on your beanbag with a decent Internet connection in tow.

This is one armchair viewing experience that is special, and hopefully Google’s partnership will also see them play an instrumental role in the ongoing research of the environment, conservation, animal migration patterns and the impact of tourism on the islands. Do bear in mind that such imagery captured is not just meant for you to wow and drool over it, but rather, it will also be used for scientific research. Which particular life form on the Galapagos Islands are the ones that have caught your attention the most? [Press Release]

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