Visit Sea Otters, Penguins, and Jellyfish Through the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Live Videos

published May 30, 2020
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It may be a while before we can visit an aquarium or zoo again, but that doesn’t mean we can’t see what our favorite animals are up to. Monterey Bay Aquarium has live video feeds of many of its animals available on its website, so you can virtually hang out with penguins, sea otters, and more.

The aquarium’s ten live cams are available here, and there’s one for pretty much every mood. Relax with two kinds of jellyfish, bird-watch indoors with the aviary cam, prowl with sharks, or just look out at the Monterey Bay. Here’s the full list of the aquarium’s ten live cams:

  • Aviary
  • Coral reef
  • Jelly
  • Kelp forest
  • Monterey Bay
  • Moon Jelly
  • Open sea
  • Penguin
  • Sea otter
  • Shark

Most of these run from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time, with the exception of the penguin and coral reef cams, which end at 5 p.m.; the jelly cam, which ends at 6 p.m.; and the Monterey Bay one, which runs 24 hours per day.

In addition to these live feeds, the aquarium also has narrated feedings at scheduled times throughout the week, including sea otters and penguins, which are sure to fulfill your daily dose of cuteness. Find the schedule for narrated feedings here.

Although the Monterey Bay Aquarium is closed to visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic, its staff is still coming in to take care of the animals. Some of them are sharing stories about their work on video, like aquatic veterinarian Dr. Mike Murray and aquarist and “jelly wrangler” Tommy Knowles.

The aquarium also has online classes and activities for students, from pre-K through grade 12, covering topics like ocean plastic, conservation, and various animals. You can find those here.