Come hang with Galápagos tortoises on Google Street View
For all the innovative and necessary things Google provides the world, their coolest feature might just be Google Street View. Part of their Maps service, Street View lets people get up and close with all sorts of cool places around the world, which might normally be inaccessible to the average person. Previous Google Street View “treks,” as they’re dubbed, include the Great Barrier Reef and the Pyramids of Giza, but their latest one features some slow-moving critters of a very famous place.
That’s right: The latest trek takes you to none other than the Galápagos Islands, where naturalist Charles Darwin first drew his conclusions which led to the theory of evolution. A hub of unique animal species, the Galápagos Islands are perhaps most famous for their giant tortoises, which can live for over a hundred years and are also ridiculously cute. Seriously, just check them out:
What’s that, you wanted to take a look at some of the islands’ beautiful terrain while also looking at a tortoise? We’ve got you:
If you’re not interested at only looking at giant tortoises, there are plenty of other viewing options, including a few that go under the sea:
You can check out all of the available Google Street View treks here; spanning all seven continents and covering a slew of famous landmarks and amazing natural features, the collection is as impressive as it is educational — so excuse us while we dive into these panoramic views.
H/T Smithsonian Magazine. Images via Google Street View.