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Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium… from your living room

By Sarah Vickers-Webb
Production & Editorial Assistant
Santa Cruz Tech Beat

April 9, 2020 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Photo above: screenshot from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Live Jelly Cam)

Ten webcams provide entertainment, education, and serenity during Shelter-in-Place

If you’re working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, chances are you (or your kids) are relying increasingly on TV and streaming services to feel connected and entertained. I’ll be honest—with two kids under five, the TV has never been more vital to my sanity.

But working with Paw Patrol playing in the background does not exactly spark productivity.

Luckily, I discovered the ten Monterey Bay Aquarium live webcams. With shark, sea otter, open sea, kelp forest, jellies, moon jellies, penguins and aviary cams set to soothing music, the livestream has something for everyone. I like the kelp forest best (also my favorite part of the aquarium), my four year old son likes the cute otters, and my one year old wiggles to the music, pointing out which fish are “babies” and “mamas”.

Everyone wins.

I’d be lying if I said webcams have replaced my son’s Ryan’s World or Blues Clues programming, but they have added to it in a positive way that I can also enjoy. Plus, the calming visuals and music are a great stress reliever.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium webcams are available on their website and their YouTube channel. Check the website for a schedule, as each webcam films at a slightly different time of day.




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