In honor of Marine Day in Japan, Google, JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) and the manned Shinkai 6500 submarine collaborated to share the hidden world through Google Earth.
Dive beneath the surface to explore the shinkai, as well as shipwrecks, research discoveries, surf spots and more. "As the submarine descends, you'll learn more about the vessel and the creatures it finds in the deepest parts of the ocean, including historical imagery from past ventures. Discover unique deep sea features and lifeforms - from rare translucent fish such as the Liparis to hydrothermal vents known as white smokers," Google stated.
"The Shinkai 6500 is able to dive to depths of 6,500m (21,325 feet), a feat few other vessels can match. It is equipped with a variety of research devices such as search lights, cameras and robotic arms. A cockpit enables three pilots to withstand the extreme conditions and even includes a spyglass for visual exploration of the deepest parts of the ocean," Google added.
Google recommend starting with the ocean seafloor tour (video 1 below) or deep sea vents ridge 2000 (video 2 belwo). You can find even more ocean tours in the Ocean Showcase on the Google Earth website.
[Source: Lat Long blog]