Shiver me timbers! The Google Maps Street View team has stumbled on an amazing find: a long lost treasure map belonging to the infamous pirate, William “Captain” Kidd! The map was found during a recent expedition in the Indian Ocean, as part of a deep-water dive to expand our underwater Street View collection. We’ve digitized the map and enlisted the world’s help to decipher the encrypted symbols and lead us to the hidden treasure.

We of course anticipate a mad rush as pirates and noble seafarers alike race to uncover and claim Captain Kidd’s bounty. The high seas are about to become dangerous. Arrr!

But don’t worry! Brendan, our head of pirate security, has placed GPS trackers on all pirate ships known to be after this treasure and has created a map tracking their locations in real time.

Now, obviously you’ll need more than just a pirate tracking map to find Captain Kidd’s treasure, and so we’ve made building your own app with Captain Kidd’s treasure map simple: just add treasureMode: 'aye' to the map options when creating a map using JavaScript Maps API v3.

Happy hunting!