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Google trekkers hit Florida beaches

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You could call Sean McGeever's current job backbreaking, but his songs help him get through the day.

"When I'm out on the beach I trek the way I want to trek," he hummed.

McGeever is a Google Trekker.

"It has been incredible. I want people to put themselves in my shoes and walk down the beach," he said.

He and David DeLong take turns walking Florida's beaches with a helmet-shaped sphere. It holds 15 cameras and is part of a 40-pound electronic backpack.

"Sometimes you have to change the course a little bit and go off of the sand and find the beach again," McGeever said.

The team constantly prepares their bodies for their job.

"I stretch and I hydrate a lot," McGeever said.

The sand can be difficult and even trees can become a hazard. Every 2.5 seconds, a picture is snapped and uploaded to Google's headquarters in California.

They've partnered with visit Florida to bring panoramic views of the beaches to the nation.

So far, they've covered 500 miles of an 800-mile journey.

"People that can't make it out here, they can see that or people that come and visit in Florida can say, oh look I can visit that," said DeLong.

The Trekkers attract a lot of attention and cameras are often turned on the photographers.

"We are using the technology right now that was science fiction when we were growing up," said Ken Odell visiting from Texas.

Google and Visit Florida teamed up on the project. They're being funded by a grant from BP'S Deepwater Horizon Oil spill.

The Trekkers said the pictures will be on Google by spring of next year. The people they catch in their shots will have their faces blurred out.

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