If you’ve ever wanted to take a tour of the Galápagos Islands, but just haven’t been able to budget it in, Google Street View is here with the next best thing. From the Google blog:
Today, in partnership with the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Foundation, we’re launching the 360-degree images from the Galapagos Islands that we collected in May with the Street View Trekker. Now, you can visit the islands from anywhere you may be, and see many of the animals that Darwin experienced on his historic and groundbreaking journey in 1835.
According to Mashable, this awesome feat was achieved by a team of hikers equipped with Trekker – a set of 42-pound, backpack-mounted cameras. The special street view cameras feature 15 lenses that automatically take photos every 2.5 seconds. Check out an image of one of these Trekkers in action below.
According to the Google blog, creatures you can spot include blue-footed boobies, Magnificent Frigatebirds, giant tortoises, baby tortoises, and even sea lions via some underwater mapping.
“We truly believe that in order to protect these Galápagos Islands, we must understand them,” Raleigh Seamster, project lead at Google Maps, wrote in a blog post. “As they say, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.'”
Jump here to fly instantly to a virtual Galápagos.