World Oceans Day goes live from the Great Barrier Reef

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[Update: Did you miss #reeflive? Scroll down to watch the recorded Google Hangouts and social media highlights from the event!]

Something is brewing down under.

With World Oceans Day only weeks away, we have partnered with Emmy award-winning film maker Richard Fitzpatrick and other high profile personalities to bring you a world-first, 12-hour live broadcast from the Great Barrier Reef.

Following up on last year’s successful launch of the Catlin Seaview Survey, where a team of scientists and explorers brought Google Street View underwater for the first time, this year’s event is set to raise awareness of our oceans even further.

The “Reef Live” event will bring marine biologists, divers and local experts together to discuss the future of our coral reefs during 12 Google+ Hangout sessions.

Viewers will be treated to live panel discussions from the land studio at James Cook University in Townsville and be able to interact with marine biologists in real-time from a specially set up “underwater studio” at the Pixie’s Pinnacle dive site on the Great Barrier Reef.

The final list of panellists is still to be confirmed, but so far the invitation list includes Sir David Attenborough, Sir Richard Branson, Jean Michel Cousteau and Celine Cousteau, as well as BBC Great Barrier Reef presenter Monty Halls.

Tune in here on Friday 7th June between 10am-10pm AEST (UTC+ 10h) to watch the live event!

Watch the event highlights below: