You don’t have to visit Australia to experience the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef.
Google, Netflix and Twitter, as well as the BBC and Australian nonprofit New Horizons, have produced digital experiences that make the reef accessible from your couch. Swim in the pristine waters of Australia’s Coral Sea, spy on the reef’s bountiful marine life and soak up the grandeur of a UNESCO World Heritage Site without putting on a swimsuit.
Some of the projects use virtual reality to immerse you in a world that is both beautiful and alien. Big names, including David Attenborough and Google, are behind some of the efforts, ensuring they’re as entertaining as they are educational.
The efforts to document the Great Barrier Reef come as global warming pushes sea temperatures higher, endangering the reef’s coral.