February 2, 2009--
Humpback whales near Hawaii
are shown in this Ocean in Google Earth image.
The new program, announced February 2, will make on-the-ground conservation work easier, added Enric Sala, a marine ecologist and National Geographic fellow
"It allows us to show critical information
in almost real time, in a way that is so much more exciting than dry written reports," Sala said.
In addition to National Geographic, several well-known marine institutions and initiatives, such as the Census of Marine Life—a ten-year effort to catalog marine organisms—Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have contributed data.
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Image courtesy Ocean in Google Earth