Take a break from Netflix and turn your screens into a virtual aquarium or zoo with these live videos
With social distancing measures now in full force across the world, many zoos and aquariums have closed, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait weeks to see cute penguins, pandas and otters again. Here’s a whole string of livestreams we found for you to go 'awwww' over!
1. Penguin Cam by Melbourne Zoo
Think again if you believe that you're the only one with a busy day ahead! These little penguins native to Victoria are going about their day - swimming, waddling, eating and chasing each other - at Melbourne Zoo. Waiting for them to appear in front of the camera again? Check out their other friends- giraffe, zebra, Snow Leopard, and lion live streams at Zoos Victoria Youtube.
2. Giant Panda Cam by Smithsonian's National Zoo
Hang out with these giant furry friends Tian Tian and Mei Xiang over at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington DC. Catch them on these live Panda Cams and look at them snoozing, rolling around and munching on bamboo without a care.
3. Jellyfish Cam by Monterey Bay Aquarium
What could be more therapeutic than watching jellyfishes glide smoothly in the water? It is mesmerising to watch and reminds us a desktop screensaver, but instead it’s live! But Monterey Bay Aquarium warns not to let their graceful and elegant appearance fool you. These jellyfishes are covered in stinging cells used for hunting. When their tentacles touch tiny drifting prey, the stinging cells paralyse it and stick tight.
Here’s a bonus African Penguin live stream also from Monterey Bay Aquarium!
4. Burrowing Owls Cam by San Diego Safari Park
If owl cafes are your thing when visiting Japan, you'v got to watch this live video of Burrowing Owls from San Diego Safari Park. This pair of feathered friends is housed in an off-exhibit breeding area and you get an all access pass with two cameras - one above ground, and the other right inside their underground burrow, where eggs are incubated and chicks are raised. How neat is that?!
5. Bald Eagle Nest Cam by American Eagle Foundation
This is one live stream unlike any other. It’s a family of four Bald Eagles, with the younger ones serving staying at home notices, not because of COVID-19, but because they are still too young to leave the comfort of their nest. It’s truly amazing to be able to catch these Bald Eagles up close in their natural habitat!
6. Sea Otter Cam by Seattle Aquarium
Otter fans, you can now catch these sea otters from Seattle Aquarium floating around without a worry in the world. If only we could do the same while working from home!
7. Polar Bear Cam by San Diego Zoo
Stay connected with these furry giants from San Diego Zoo through a Polar Bear camera! They also have a whole string of other animals you can catch up close at the live camera page.