If asthma prevents you from summiting a mountain, or fear of drowning refrains you from scuba diving, now you can view the most impressive underwater and nature scenes from the comfort of your living room. No need to go to a gym to train your sea legs—hop online instead and explore all the wonderful sites on Google Street View.
Whale Sharks at Isla Contoy, MexicoThe largest fish known to man, and one of the largest sea creatures on the planet, the whale shark can be seen in it’s natural habitat from the cushions of your couch. These massive giants swim through Mexico’s waters during the summer months to feast on the blossoming plankton. Divers who visit Mexico have the opportunity to experience the real deal.
Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, AustraliaNothings exudes beauty more than a tropical reef. This picture showcases the ancient, yet magnificent, sea turtle, which are popular in Aussie waters. This area contains more than 400 species of coral, 1,500 fish and 4,000 mollusks. The image depicts the synergy and beauty of life under the ocean’s surface and the graceful flow of aquatic life.
Playful Seals in Galapagos IslandThese UNESCO World Heritage, volcanic islands over-flood the ocean and seashore with wildlife. Google Street captures the happy sea lions enjoying a swim. From iguanas to blue-footed boobies, the Galapagos homes thousands of species of mammals, aquatic life and insects.
Northern Lights at Sunset, Churchill, CanadaKnown as aurora borealis, the Northern Lights are commonly noticed in northern pole regions that are located away from light pollution. These “lights” are seen at certain times of the year when solar flares release from the sun and flow toward the earth’s surface.
Everest Base Camp, NepalKnown as the highest camp and human civilized living corridors on the planet, only a handful of individuals will experience the EBC. For certain trekkers, this point is the highest altitude they will ever reach. For mountaineers, this camp is the starting point to a long and intense journey towards the summit.
Whistler Mountain, British Columbia, CanadaWhistler-Blackcomb is known for spectacular skiing, hiking and mountain biking. This adventure-junkie destination services outdoors enthusiasts year-round in search for the next adventure. Beware of the black bear eating the local berries. He would not be happy if his dinner was interrupted.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.