SAO PAULO - Less than a week after its debut in Brazil, Google Street View has provided viewers with something they probably would rather not have seen: close-up images of dead bodies.

One of the images posted last week on the website of television station Globo G1 shows a body covered up and surrounded by blood spots on a busy avenue in Rio de Janeiro.

Other local news media and blogs have reported that bodies also showed up in street images of other cities in Latin America's biggest nation.

It wasn't clear how many bodies were spotted all together, but Google said in a statement Tuesday that "all images of the bodies were removed" from its mapping service.