You may have seen Google Street View cameras mounted on a car mapping your neighborhood, but how about on a fishing boat?
The search giant recently completed a project to photograph the coastline of Tohoku, a region in Japan devastated by the massive earthquake and tsunami of
2011. Street View cameras were mounted on local fishing boats in eight locations as part of Google’s digital archiving of the catastrophe.
Since beginning as an experiment on the roof of an SUV, Google’s cameras have been capturing Street View images for seven years in increasingly unusual
terrain. In addition to charting back roads all over North America, Street View imagery has been shot at the Grand Canyon, Everest Base Camp, the Galapagos
Islands, the Canadian Arctic, the pyramids of Egypt. The cameras are now in Mongolia to photograph the steppe from the back
of a pickup truck. Google’s cameras have also documented more mundane locations including
airports and train and subway stations
. Here’s seven unusual ways that Street View is capturing footage.