Google Adds Many 3D Objects to Google Earth Ocean

Earlier this week a GEB reader discovered some 3D objects in the new oceans of Google Earth 5. Apparently Google wasn’t content to just add 3D bathymetry (terrain) to the ocean sea floors, and add moving waves on the surface. Not only were the wrecks of the Titanic and Bismark to be found in the oceans, but also 80 other 3D objects – according to a post at the LatLong blog. The models were created by Google with SketchUp (the popular 3D modeling application). You can see a sample of the 3D ocean objects by downloading this KML file with Google Earth 5. Make sure to turn on the 3D Buildings layer. You can also view the 3D Warehouse collection Google added to see the full collection of available models here. Most of the models are NOAA buoys – not terribly exciting subject matter. But, there are a few gems. Of particular note is the addition of a scene of a whale and squid battling in the ocean. Not only is this a bit of fun, I think it marks the first time sea life has been added to the “3D Buildings” layer. Given that we now have ships, subs, buoys, bridges, whales, squids, and other objects in the GE layer, perhaps we need to change the name to “3D Models”? Or, perhaps just “3D” and include different sublayers such as terrain, buildings, etc.?

Whale Squid battle in 3D in Google Earth

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. thats nice, aanother ecouragement to download google earth. i was quite disapointed in google maps when i realised there is no high resolutio pictures of whater

  2. I’ve tried and tried again to view the underwater models with this kml file, however all that I find are the placemarker pushpins at any of the locations. Yes, I have the 3D buildings layer turned on. Any suggestions as to what else may be needed to view these?

  3. 3D object model helps for researching the underwater features and marine mapping.Also it is really helpful and valuable when you want to use an object created for animation in lots of other projects, because it saves time, steps and keeps everything very consistent across multiple projects.
    Thanks for sharing ideas..
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  4. i am not able to see the underwater creatures by using google earth ocean.I have tried my best to see the underwater objects but still i am failed.Kindly suggest how can see the oceanic objects.

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