Google captured the beauty and wonder of the Galapagos Islands on Google Maps.
In partnership with Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Parks Directorate (GNPD), Google Maps team collected "panoramic imagery of the islands" with the Street View Trekker.
"These stunning images will be available on Google Maps later this year so people around the world can experience this remote archipelago," Google stated.
"The Google Maps team traveled for more than three hours, hiking and on horseback, to reach this remote location. Our 10-day adventure in the Galapagos was full of hiking, boating and diving around the islands (in hot and humid conditions) to capture 360-degree images of the unique wildlife and geological features of the islands with the Trekker. We captured imagery from 10 locations that were hand-selected by CDF and GNPD. We walked past giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, navigated through steep trails and lava fields, and picked our way down the crater of an active volcano called Sierra Negra.
Life underwater in the Galapagos is just as diverse as life on land. We knew our map of the islands wouldn't be comprehensive without exploring the ocean that surrounds them. So for the second time we teamed up with the folks at the Catlin Seaview Survey to collect underwater panoramic imagery of areas being studied by CDF and GNPD," Google Maps team wrote.
"This imagery will be used by Catlin Seaview Survey to create a visual and scientific baseline record of the marine environment surrounding the islands, allowing for any future changes to be measured and evaluated by scientists around the world," Google adds.